Arts Update: Theatre members wanted

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Splinters Theatre Group are looking for new members between the ages of 14 and 30 to take part in Happy Days – A New Musical which they are putting on in October. Splinters have built up a reputation of presenting contemporary shows such as We Will Rock You, Our House, The Wedding Singer and now the musical based on the old 1980s hit TV show.

The music in the show is all original apart from the iconic theme tune but all the characters are back, Richie, Joanie, Ralph, Potsie, Arnold and all the rest. They are doing a Yorkshire-wide search for someone to portray the one and only Fonz.

Recently Splinters members James Smith and Adam Walker waylaid the original Fonz, Henry Winkler, at a book signing.

The first Happy Days get-together will be next Wednesday at Highfield Trinity Church, London Road, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in being involved in the production in any capacity can turn up or else contact Jill Beckett on 07910251584 or by email to

Final year students from Sheffield Hallam University’s Stage and Screen Performance Department are staging The Final Show Festival at 13 locations over ten days.

Each show is performed on two separate evenings in a variety of settings across the city (S1, S11, S9). One is in a bedroom with a small audience, another inside a taxi with the audience standing around it and two more are in a sparse, disused warehouse space. Some can house ten audience members and others 50. All pieces are for students’ final assessments. It runs until Tuesday. It’s free with tickets from

Yorkshire Artspace, the artists’ studio complex in Sheffield, has been shortlisted for a top prize in the Craft Skills Awards 2013, to be presented at a ceremony on May 2 hosted by Kirstie Allsopp. It is in recognition of its Starter Studio Programme for silversmiths and jewellers, it has been shortlisted for the Award for Encouraging Craft Skills in Informal Settings.

The Lyceum Theatre Trust and Sheffield Theatres have signed a new lease to ensure the future of the Lyceum Theatre.

The trust, which owns the freehold of the theatre, has now agreed new terms with Sheffield Theatres which has held a lease to operate it since its restoration and re-opening in 1990 to operate, maintain and repair the theatre for the next 35 years.

The Magic Lantern Club are giving a rare screening of one of the most controversial films by establishment-baiting Spanish surrealist Luis Bunuel at the Heeley Institute on Saturday afternoon.

Viridiana dates back to 1961 but many of its themes - challenging the power of the Catholic church and the right-wing establishment, society’s rejects rising up against the wealthy - seem very topical today.

The Magic Lantern Club are part of a flourishing independent cinema scene in Sheffield with several film nights now running across the city.

Tickets for Viridiana includes a short film, main feature, music, tapas and a glass of wine.

Hotly-tipped electro-soul siren Moya has been announced as special guest support to Rod Stewart on his upcoming Live The Life European tour, which is staged at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on June 23.