Stan’s seaside special docks at DINA

Poet and comedian Stan Skinny
Poet and comedian Stan Skinny

Entertainer Stan Skinny is inviting land-locked Sheffielders to DINA on Cambridge Street on Friday to enjoy all the joys of the seaside in a warm and cosy city centre setting.

Stan is presenting The Shipping Forecast, an immersive theatre show where the venue is transformed into an aquatic wonderland with tap dancing fish, surly talking sharks, singing mermaids, Steven Seagull and more.

Stan’s coastal cabaret is inspired by a deep affection for the seaside born from trips as a youngster.

The show intends to bring those picture postcard memories of the coast, of donkey rides and end of the pier ambience, but mixed with surreal Vic and Bob inspired comical characters and daft off the wall humour.
It is described as a children’s show for adults set in a handmade cardboard sea world, and Stan’s intentions for the night is to ‘create worlds that people escape into.

The Forecast features Funny Women finalist Cheekykita, fresh from a five-star award winning show at the Edinburgh festival, to perform alongside Tom King, Kit improv comedy troupe and Sheffield artist Xania.

The Shipping Forecast docks at Dina on Friday, 8pm.

l Following popular events in London, Bradford and Durham, Dead [Women] Poets Society is coming to Sheffield, for another night of resurrecting the female canon.

The line-up at New Roots, Glossop Road, on Saturday includes TS Eliot-nominated and Sheffield-born Helen Mort, alongside this year’s New Poets’ Prize winners, Jenny Danes and Imogen Cassels, and Yorkshire New Poet, Jasmine Simms.

The main event will be followed by an Open Mic night, in collaboration with the Sheffield University Poetry Society. People of all genders or none welcome. It’s free and starts at 7.30pm.