TEST • TRACK • TRACE – Brave New World? 

From a satellite we see our planet - green, blue, beautiful. We rush closer and  closer till we come to a stop in a northern British town. A light flashes from the  window of a high rise like a signal for help. A wheelchair lies on its side in an  alley. A kid’s car seat sits beside a random traffic cone. Behind a rotting  window frame, a collection of porcelain figurines have turned their backs on  the street. And yet….we pan round to an iron railing where a child’s lost sock  has been carefully placed.  

We have been sorely tested. How do we track our progress through  pandemic and climate emergency? Before Covid hit, we had lost control of  our data as those in power tried to weaken democracies and foster division.  What traces are left now of community, humanity, and hope?  

TEST TRACK TRACE invites established and developing northern writers to  respond to the world we live in now, to dare to speak out, to be bold, funny,  enlightening. Next Left carefully selects the best of that work and brings it to  life, script-in-hand, using a diverse group of local professional actors and  directors. Expect a fast-paced, energetic and exciting show as well as a  chance to discuss the work.


AGE 16+
Image credits: Glove on Fence, Joe Rutter and  Next Left logo, Melanie Crawley

About Next Left

Next Left Theatre is a Sheffield based political theatre project, assembling immediate responses to current events. Each show is a collaboration of professional actors, writers and directors plus a small technical team, working voluntarily; its newly written work, performed script in hand - a mixture of drama and comedy alongside poetry and music - fast paced, exciting and engaging The Next Left team is Kate Rutter (Creative Director), a well-known actor in Film, TV, Theatre and Radio for over 40 years and a writer, poet and director; Karen Mulcahey, professional actor and drama lecturer, writer & director, Melanie Crawley, actor, voice artist and producer.

Next Left have previously produced two shows, the first in January 2020: Hope, a response to the 2019 General Election and an online programme later that year: Next Left In Lockdown.


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