Dan Bates, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres, said the company was “over the moon” about the musical, and there was a “buzz across the whole city”.
Hawley said: “My first involvement in the project was five years ago when we were on tour in Lisbon. They came to me and said they’d like to use my music to make a musical.”
He said his band members in the dressing room reacted with “gales of laughter”.
“It was such a daft idea, I thought ‘let’s just try it and see what happens’,” Hawley continued.
The musician said he was “not much of a theatre person” but enjoyed working on the project so much, he thought “this is going to work”.
“It’s not about specifically Park Hill, there’s a backdrop to the story, three separate time zones and family’s lives. Park Hill is like an aperture through which you see a progression of post-war 20th and 21st Century history.”
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