Withnail and him

The decorative interior of the Spiegeltent which will host Festival of the Mind
The decorative interior of the Spiegeltent which will host Festival of the Mind

A new theory on the mystery of Jack the Ripper and a cult classic British movie of the Eighties come together in the Spiegeltent next week.

Bruce Robinson will be talking about his book, They All Love Jack, and then introduce a screening of the film he wrote and directed based on his early years as an out-of-work actor, Withnail and I.

After a chequered career in Hollywood, Robinson returned to the UK and embarked on a project which was to take 12 years in exploring the notorious London murders and revealing the cover-up that concealed his identity.

His appearance next Wednesday, September 21, is a collaboration between Off the Shelf and Festival of the Mind when one of only eight remaining Spiegeltents in the world opens up in Barker’s Pool to host the 10-day festival.

There are free talks by university academics and professionals each lunch-time and in the evening entertainment hosted by the Students’ Union under the banner Spiegeltent At Night.

It kicks off tonight, September 15. with Jam Jar, a night of swing, jazz, motown, rhythm and blues, funk, soul and vintage while Friday makes way for the Tuesday Club underground electronic music night.

On Saturday it’s Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas, with St Etienne’s Bob Stanley DJ-ing a night of ’60s beat classics predominantly from the French Yeah Yeah Pop and Chanson section of his record collection.

Leadmill Comedy presents two Edinburgh festival-inspired shows on Sunday, September 18, starting with Robin Ince, the Sony Gold Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast, and followed by Pappy’s, the live Sketch Team and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees of 2007 and 2012.

On Monday there’s An Evening of University of Sheffield Lectures with Dr Jack Windle’s Songs of Joseph Mather, a look at their importance to the history of Sheffield’s working class culture, and Prof David Wood of Sheffield’s Peregrine Project talking about the birds of prey atop St George’s Church.

On Tuesday, Sheffield’s Opera on Location will revive their 2014 production of Puccini’s much-loved classic, La Bohème following last month presenting Tosca in the art-deco setting of Abbeydale Picture House.

It is sung in English by a cast headed by Andrea Tweedale as Mimi, Gareth Lloyd as Rodolfo plus Chloe Saywell and Matthew Palmer as Musetta and Schaunard.

On Thursday, September 22 The Shefferendum, features Matt Abbott, Zena Edwards and Laurie Bolger in an evening of spoken word and comedy.

On September 23 Spiegeltent premieres Steve Lamacq’s one-man show, Going Deaf For A Living, looking back at the indie DJ’s 30 years in music media, followed by the return of Fuzz Club.

Finally, on September 24 Banana Hill Presents a crossover of traditional African and Latin American sounds.