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A blazing and hilarious new work of contemporary political theatre about the Sheffield Street Trees controversy.

What happens when you are declared a terrorist for hugging a tree? How do you respond when the government suppresses your basic right to protest? And how do you survive climate catastrophe if you can’t defend the street outside your front door?

Spectacularly bold and ambitious, TREEFXXXERS tells the story of the real local drama of the £2.2 Billion ‘Streets Ahead’ project and the 17,500 Sheffield trees being put to axe.

This riotous new production collides violent comedy, anarchic choreography, and exuberant theatricality. Part gig, part theatre, part dance, this wild new work – created with a group of young Sheffield based artists – blasts a light on conspiracy, corruption, and the suppression of dissent.

#corruption #climatecrisis #treefellers #protest

#radical #activist #spectacle


Season 27 Nov-1 Dec, 2018

Duration 75 minutes

Venue Performance Lab

Location Arundel Gate, Sheffield


Created & Directed by Doppelgangster’s Dr Tom Payne & Tobias Manderson-Galvin; with experimental choreographer Sarah Lamb, dramaturg Kerith Manderson-Galvin, and an anarchic score from Jules Pascoe,.

Devised with and performed by SHU Performance Lab’s Company 18

Presented in association with Sheffield Hallam University – Department of Stage & Screen.

Delivered as part of Season for Change, a UK wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change.
and as part of Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter Day


Leah Cooper, Sophie Davidson, Suzie Ford, Harli Foster, Jacob Jackson, Krysia Janeczek, Charmaine Lambert, Chloe Lowndes, Alice Moreland, Amelia-Daisy Phair, Kiera Rhodes, Sarah Shortall.


Department of Humanities at ​Sheffield Hallam University, Ashley Barnes, various colleagues in Stage and Screen, all the activists and communities who participated in building this production – and in fighting for the trees and against corruption!

All video and photography by Becky Payne