Cast Complete for Regional Debut of TRIBES at Sheffield Theatres

By: May. 26, 2017
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Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces full casting for Nina Raine's powerful award-winning drama Tribes, which plays in the Studio Theatre from Thursday 29 June - Saturday 22 July.

'This is the first time you've ever listened to me properly and it's because I'm not speaking.' Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. In the arguments and jokes around the kitchen table, he has never been treated any differently to the rest of them. But when he meets Sylvia, who teaches him sign language, he starts to wonder if his family have ever really listened to him. Deeply moving and shockingly funny, Tribes is about the need we all feel to belong, to speak, and to be understood.

The regional première of Tribes is directed by Kate Hewitt, winner of the inaugural Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) Director Award. Ciaran Alexander Stewart plays the role of Billy, with Emily Howlett (Inside No. 9) as Sylvia. Simon Rouse, returning to Sheffield Theatres following his appearances in Anything Goes and The Full Monty, plays Christopher, with Lindy Whiteford as Beth, Oliver Johnstone as Dan and Louisa Connolly-Burnham as Ruth.

Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director Robert Hastie commented: I'm delighted to be welcoming Kate Hewitt to Sheffield Theatres to direct this award-winning play. Her talent shone through in the RTST selection process, so I really can't wait to see what she does with this extraordinary drama.

Tickets for Tribes are on sale now and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres' Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at and are priced from £15.00.


A Sheffield Theatres Production


By Nina Raine

Studio Theatre

Thu 29 June* - Sat 22 July

Press Night Monday 3 July 7.45pm

Tickets from £15.00

*Public Dress Rehearsal - tickets go on sale on day of performance


Billy Ciaran Alexander Stewart

Sylvia Emily Howlett

Christopher Simon Rouse

Beth Lindy Whiteford

Dan Oliver Johnstone

Ruth Louisa Connolly-Burnham

Creative Team

Director Kate Hewitt

Designer Amanda Stoodley

Lighting Designer Paul Keogan

Sound Designer George Dennis

Video Designer Andrzej Goulding

Casting Director Polly Jerrold

Crucible Lyceum Studio - 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA
Box Office: 0114 249 6000 - Mon - Sat 10.00am to 8.00pm
(On non-performance days the Box Office closes at 6.00pm.)

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