Enable Us festival

Abi McLoughlin) as Dr Laura Bailey in The Principles of Uncertainty at the University of Sheffield Enable Us festival
Abi McLoughlin) as Dr Laura Bailey in The Principles of Uncertainty at the University of Sheffield Enable Us festival

The Enable Us Festival of new theatre and independent performance resumes at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio next week.

On Monday Powder Keg theatre company from Manchester present their debut show developed with the help of Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield. Morale is High (Since we gave up Hope) is a performance that seeks to predict what will happen between now and the next general election in 2020.

Throughout the show, intertwining narratives explore the effects of popular culture, political policy and inane day-to-day actions on who we choose to vote for.

Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil on Tuesday Wi-Fi Wars is a live comedy game show where the audience competes on their (fully charged) smartphone or tablet on a range of games, quizzes and challenges with prizes up for grabs.

In The Principle of Uncertainty on Wednesday a lecture on quantum physics turns into a heart-breaking search to answer life’s greatest questions. Dr Laura Bailey (actually actor Abi McLoughlin) can explain how a cat in a box can be both dead and alive but when faced with a personal crisis, science falls short of showing her a way out.

On Thursday, November 30, there’s the chance to enjoy two MR James ghost stories read by candle light by the incomparable Robert Lloyd Parry. Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered to be his masterpiece. It is complemented by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.