The Company's origin story begins in the early 1980s when a group of friends, passionate about theatre and the performing arts, came together to start a new amateur dramatics group in Sheffield. Initially, it was run very much like professional theatre companies with the same core group of actors, stage crew and technicians. This model of running the group is where our quirky name came from as we wanted to emphasise how different we were from other local amateur dramatics groups, whilst also giving a nod to how professional theatres refer to those involved as The Company. In the mid-1990s, we decided to go in a different direction where we held open auditions for each production, allowing members fuller and richer opportunities to develop various theatrical crafts.
Since The Company's inception, we've always performed at the University of Sheffield's Drama Studio. This historic building was formerly a church that opened in the late 1800s, but was then converted in the 1970s into the beautiful theatre you see today.