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Playwright Nyoni offers young would-be actors a chance

TRIBUTE: Apply for a role in forthcoming play 'Ode to Leeds'

ASPIRING ACTORS and performers are invited to send in their showreels for the chance to appear in Ode to Leeds, which will be shown in June and July at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Ode to Leeds is written by Zodwa Nyoni, who started as Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse after working with the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme, which provides career development opportunities to only a handful of recipients each year.

Nyoni is currently representing Hull in the City of Culture 2017 and is contributing another play, Weathered Estates, to the programme of events, which was produced after her West Yorkshire Playhouse debut, Boi Boi is Dead.


Nyoni and her production team are looking for five actors who will play poets, MCs and beatboxers in the dramatisation of young creatives who enter a New York poetry slam competition.

A West Yorkshire Playhouse spokesperson said:

“We’re keen to hear from people from all backgrounds and experiences; both from those with acting experience and those without.

“Whether you’re taking part in open mic nights, competing in Hip-Hop battles, busking on corners or just writing poetry in your bedroom, we want to hear from you.”

Would-be actors must be school-leavers who can convincingly pass for characters aged between 14 and 18 years old and can speak with an authentic-sounding Leeds accent. Those auditionees who are selected to appear in the production would receive payment for their time and would be expected to attend rehearsals during the day between May 8 and June 10 as well as live performances between June 10 and July 1.

To apply, click here.

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