This amazing venue has been added to the site!
Fans of the massively under-rated Comsat Angels will be delighted to see the release of Steve’s first solo album of songs. It’s wonderful to hear new work from one of Sheffield’s true talents. We hope it’s sufficiently successful to encourage him to do it more often 😉
The Playhouse was a theatre that stood on the junction of Little Hill and Townhead Street until demolished in 1978. It was built as a Temperance Hall in 1855 and in the 1920s the Sheffield Repertory Company moved in. It didn’t look like a proper theatre until 1954 when a £30,000 restoration took place. It closed in 1971, a few weeks before the Crucible Theatre opened. It featured many performances and was home to Theatre Vanguard, a youth group that one of your SMA team attended!
This record was released in 1966 and featured songs from 3 shows held there, sung by Roderick Horn And Dorothy Vernon and written by Alan Cullen, Roderick Horn. Entitled “Songs From The Sheffield Playhouse” on the Unit Nineteen label (UN 19 1004ep). The tracks were:
Songs From ‘The Stirrings In Sheffield On Saturday Night’
A1 The Grinders’ Hardships A2 Sheffield Workmen
Songs From ‘Trudi And The Minstrel’
B1 Says I To Myself B2 Oh What Times
Songs From ‘John Willy And The Bee People’
B3 Tiddly-I B4 Fussabout
Cast your mind back to the days before video & the internet, these were times when you’d go to the City Hall to watch a Hendrix film! Also shown is a photo of Jimi at the City Hall in 67 – we’d love to see some larger images, if anyone can help?
The list of gigs (excluding 1000 from the City Hall) has now passed 4000 with the addition of some Take 2 gigs. Please help us fill any gaps!
Details of this band added here