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Third Angel presents

The Desire Paths

Created and Performed by
Hannah Butterfield
Nicki Hobday
Alexander Kelly
Gillian Jane Lees
Stacey Sampson
Rachael Walton
Bethany Wells

With input from
Lucy Ellinson

General Manager
Hilary Foster

Admin & Production Trainees
Liz Johnson
Ellie Whittaker

Commissioned by
Sheffield Year of Making 2016

Presented with, and supported by, Sheffield Theatres
as part of Fun Palaces 2016

The Desire Paths forms part of Making Ways, a Sheffield Culture Consortium project supported through Arts Council England.

Originally developed for Make. Do. And Mend. for Northern Stage and Forest Fringe.


One weekend in October 2016, we chalked out the city centre street map from the Sheffield A-Z, and asked the public to rename the streets - not after some past event, but to commemorate a hope or a dream for the future: personal or political, serious or lighthearted. We heard so many stories, of first jobs, chance meetings, lost loves. It was a moving, brilliant day, and a chance to work with some regular collaborators, and some who we’ve been wanting to work with for a long time.

This film by Joseph Priestley tells the story of the day.

The show is touring in 2018 and 2019. If you’d like us to come and remake The Desire Paths for your town or city, do get in touch.

The Desire Paths Photographs by Joseph Priestly

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