'Richard Hawley gets it!' Park Hill residents praise Sheffield musical


Residents of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate have been giving their verdict on a new musical that tells the story of the gigantic brutalist complex with songs by local troubadour Richard Hawley.

Written by Chris Bush, Standing at the Sky’s Edge – which shares the name of Hawley’s 2012 album – intertwines his lamenting love songs and screeching guitar solos with the stories of three families on the estate through three generations in the 1960s, 80s, and 2000s.

At the open dress rehearsal on Thursday, 87-year-old Kathleen Hill, one of the estate’s first residents, described the show as fantastic. She said: “One couple in the musical moves into the estate in 1960, which was the same year I did. The husband is a steel worker like mine was, and it reminded me so much of the time we spent there – the community where we raised our three boys, where everyone knew everyone else and you never had to lock your doors.”

Read the feature in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 15/03/19]