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Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Susan Elkin reviews)


Standing at the Sky’s Edge continues at the National Theatre (Olivier) until 25 March 2023.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

A show whose central character is a 1960s high-rise housing estate in Sheffield – “a man-made monolith” – sounds unlikely but Robert Hastie’s direction, imaginative theatre craft and plenty of heart make it both dramatically arresting and moving.

We’re inside a flat in Park Hill, Sheffield. The views, we’re repeatedly reminded, are fabulous. Ben Stones’ grandiloquent set gives us brutalist balconies and concrete pillars around which the choreography (Lynne Page) is woven.

Someone, in real life, scrawled “I love you will you marry me” on the building in 2001. Later cleaned off but reinstated last year, these seven words are neon-lit above the set.

And in this setting writer Chris Bush gives …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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