Arts Update: Crucible considers Oliver!

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Sheffield Theatres has announced that Lionel Bart’s multi award-winning Oliver! will be this year’s Christmas musical at the Crucible. The new staging will be directed by Artistic Director Daniel Evans, his third musical for the company, following My Fair Lady and This Is My Family, which opens next month.

It will run from November 29 to January 25, 2014, and tickets go on sale to members on Saturday and to the public on Saturday, May 25.

The STAIN-LESS exhibition of contemporary jewellery at Sheffield Institute of Art Gallery as part of Galvanize contains a prescient piece by Maria Hanson (above).

Called 1913 – 2013: How many years without bloodstain? it consists of 101 Wearable Tags in stainless steel, paint and ribbon

Since 1913 there have only been 13 years when the UK armed forces have not been engaged in domestic or global conflict/war. Using the ‘Jewel’ as data visualisation this installation plays on the symbolic notion of Stain-less with each dated tag representing an individual year. Time and identity are used as visual triggers with red paint and ribbon signifying those years where blood has been shed.

Maria has added the red ribbon to her installation following last week’s fatalities of the soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Riverside pub on Mowbray Street is hosting a Weekend of Death, organised by Your Good Mourning shop and community resource centre in Walkley as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The centrepiece will be the Before I Die Wall, global public art project begun by artist Candy Chang after losing someone she loved. Inspired by that Your Good Mourning is asking the people of Sheffield to add their contribution to the wall specifying what they want to do before they die. It’s up from Friday at 6.30pm through to Sunday evening when Sheffield band Guitar Shack will sing songs with death in the title.

Author Nick Triplow is returning to Sheffield, the city where he gained an MA in Creative Writing at Hallam University under the tuition of Man-Booker longlister, Jane Rogers. He will be at Waterstones in Orchard Square on Saturday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm signing copies of his well-received novel, Frank’s Wild Years.

“The Sheffield Hallam Writing MA was a turning point for me. It’s like returning home and always great to catch up with some familiar faces and meet new people,” Nick said.

A specially commissioned short story by Nick featuring characters from his novel. The Debt, is being published as an eBook by Caffeine Nights Publishing and will also feature the first two chapters from Frank’s Wild Years.

Fast gaining a reputation as one of the most energetic and incendiary live bands in the country – of any genre - nine-piece Gentleman’s Dub Club (above) from Leeds are at the Leadmill on Saturday two days before the release of new single Riot by Ranking Records.