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The Sh*t

  • Venue: Bramall Rock Void
  • Duration: 70 mins
  • Age Guidance: 14+
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    The performance contains smoking and vaping. It also contains flashing LEDs.

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A play about youth work.

In one of the thousands of forgotten youth centres across our country, Eric works for a single hour each week to break Daniel out of his spiral towards jail or the grave.

But what happens when the work itself becomes a matter of life and death?

The Working Party Theatre Company make theatre to make change. Created in response to research and consultation with youth workers and young people in London and Leeds, join Eric and Daniel for a glimpse of their weekly support sessions in the world premier this dynamic new play.

The Sh*t by Kenny Emson is an honest, unflinching examination of the relationship between those on the margins of society and the people employed to help them.

There will be a post-show discussion following the Fri 4 March performance.


The modern story of youth work is not an easy one. It is a story of continual cuts, squeezed capacity and lack of understanding versus rising need and rising complexity. In 2018 and 2019, The Working Party Theatre Company spent six months talking to and workshopping with young people and youth workers. Their honest stories of graft, overcoming and failure were both moving and inspiring. Dr Brian Belton, author and former senior lecturer at YMCA George Williams College, the foremost youth worker training centre in the country, was one of the first people they talked to. Click below to read his insightful response.


Supported by Stage One Bursary Scheme, Leeds City College, AJS and JS.

Photography by Anthony Robling

Cast & Credits

Writer Kenny Emson / Director Alexander Ferris / Designer Caitlin Mawhinney / Lighting Designer Ciaran Cunningham / Sound Designer DJ NikNak /

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    Lladel Bryant
    as Eric
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    Dillion Scott-Lewis
    as Daniel
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    Samantha Béart
    as Sara (voice)


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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