17 The Moor, Sheffield

Established in October 2014, the former (and beloved) Woolworths store located on The Moor in the centre of Sheffield was the first pop-up creative hub under the Theatre Deli brand to appear outside of London. Originally signed on to run as an experiment on a nine month lease soon became a near three year venture and the start of a continuous 7 year partnership between Theatre Deli and Aberdeen Standard.

Spread over the 3 floors of this 16,152 square ft retail building, Moor Deli comprised of:

  • 10 dedicated rehearsal rooms, offered to artists at minimum cost

  • 2 performances studio spaces, including a 1000-seat black box studio theatre

  • A ground floor open cafe for artists and the general public

The building also housed space (predominately in the ground floor cafe) for community groups and charities to host regular workshops and events to further integrate the general public with the arts and community support networks within the city, the first such venue of its kind in Sheffield.

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One from the vault:

Horrorsouk (Oct - Nov 2014)

Hidden Track & Nick Burchill, Forest Sounds Theatre, Frolicked, Laura Murphy, Puncture, Rationale, Rebekah Caputo & Tara Baker, Sad Siren.

Theatre Deli’s first major theatre event outside of London. It featured 10 pieces of immersive performance by emerging artists, hosting daily shows for over 3 weeks attracting attention from local and mainstream media and featured in Lyn Gardener’s top theatre recommendations in the Guardian newspaper.

“Just got home from our second visit to Horror Souk. I fully recommend going, we were lucky to see most performances. The only one we missed was 'RAT Homicide' but the ones we saw were fantastic though, especially 'Sunny Meadows' (which we saw twice). Please do something similar next year or soon. The whole experience was amazing”. - Katie Mayer (Audience member)

The Bare Project’s Story Swap Cafe: Oct 2014
The Bare Project - Time Passes Listen: Nov-Dec 2014
Open Door Theatre Company present A Christmas Carol: Dec 2014
Charlotte & Tim’s Northern Art Festival: Dec 2014
Without Walls’ The Zoo Story: Jan 2015
Ben Carlin presents Virtual Reality Concept Launch: Feb 2015
Wordlife Poetry: Feb 2015
Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre presents INSIDE: Feb2015
For as Long as Love Lasts Theatre presents: Time Without Beginning: Feb 2015 Footprint Theatre presents Daniel: Mar 2015
Open Door Theatre: Apr 2015
Cap-A-Pie productions: Apr 2015
Sheffield Hallam University present final year students performance: Apr 2015 Sheffield Hallam University present Wind in the Willows: May 2015
Forest Sounds Theatre present Sheffield Alternative Election: May 2015
Funny You Should Ask Theatre presents The 56: May 2015
Plunge Theatre presents The Cake Shop: Jul 2015
Sad Siren Theatre presents The Gods of Pick n Mix Jul 2015
Paperfinch Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland children’s show: Jul 2015
Departures: A Song Cycle Musical: Jun-Jul 2015
Forest Sounds Theatre present Church of Jim: Oct 2016
Guild of Misrule / Theatre Delicatessen present The Great Gatsby Dec 2016

Community Events:
Off the Shelf literacy events: Oct 2014
Magic Lantern Film Screening: Oct 2014
Ignite Imaginations present Light Night: Dec 2014
Happy January (community dance & theatre event): Jan 2015
Arts & Crafts workshops: Aug-Sept 2015
Festival of Debate present Housing Debate: Mar 2015
Festival of Debate present Community Comedy Mar 2015
Lisa O’Hara presents Designing out Suicide workshops (monthly)
Age UK presents Memories of Now workshops: Jun 2015
Refugee Week Festival (8 separate refugee charities hosting events & workshops): Jun 2015 LGBT Sheffield & Leeds Studio: Nine Lives film screening & LGBT disco: Jun 2015 Young filmmakers project: Jun 2015

Regular Events:
Deli Meets (a community artists’ event): Monthly
Crisis (homeless charity) rehabilitation workshops: Jan-Jul 2015
Community Arts Cafe: 3 days a week
Northern Arts Festival (monthly)

Other Happenings:
Sheffield Hallam University devising theatre workshops: Jan-Feb 2015
Pecha Kucha political business parity event: Mar 2015
Nice Like Rice music festival: Mar 2015
Sheffield Hallam University presents Kunst (an art exhibition): Mar 2015
The Woolworths Project Story collection: May-Jun 2015
Save Devonshire Street Fundraiser Art exhibition: Jun 2015
One to One Festival: Aug 2015


"We were very lucky to be given permission to use the space upstairs for collection for clothing and items to take across to the Calais Refugee Camps (we also had a collection point in the cafe downstairs), we had nearly the whole of the first floor full of donations which a team of volunteers sorted and packed up (items unsuitable for Calais, and there were lots, went to the local hospice charity for sale in their shops)" - August/September 2015

Crisis, Age UK

Community Groups:
Verse Matters, Wordlife Sheffield, Ignite Imaginations, LGBT Sheffield, Fun Palaces, Migration Matters

Other Organisations:
Pecha Kucha, Festival of Debate, Off the Shelf Festival, Magic Lantern Film Club, Sheffield Hallam University, Northern Art Festival

Local Authority: Sheffield City Council

Partner Landlord: Aberdeen Standard Property

A photo of a large white map drawn onto a tiled floor. A person adding details to the map and people standing around the room

Third Angel and Stand & Be Counted Theatre created The Journeys for Migration Matters Festival - the last performance in The Moor venue (24th June 2017)

A photo of a person performing in an industrial-looking space to an audience sitting around them A photo of Producer Sarah Sharp in the Theatre Deli cafe on The Moor in Sheffield
A photo of the Theatre Deli The Moor shop front A photo of performers dressed in colourful clothes performing to adults and children with musical instruments
Marketing imagery for Horror Souk, containing animations of people and blood and show information A photo of Jessica Brewster working in the Theatre Deli Moor cafe
A photo of the Theatre Deli perofrmnce space on The Moor set up ready for a show with audience members of chairs A performance space in Theatre Deli on The Moor set up for a show with a technical desk at the back