Plucky and punchy, Leeds knows how to hold its own out there in the big bad world.
Ode to Leeds follows the journey of five young poets from the acclaimed Leeds Young Authors who write the stories of their city, sometimes gritty, others funny, at turns poignantly heartbreaking, at otehrs visceral and demanding, but always real, always Leeds.
As these unlikely band of writers and poets rise to the attention the world’s most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City, West Yorkshire Playhouse follows their jorney from the streets of Leeds to the international stage.
Fuelled by love, pride and passionate protest their words light fires to show the world who they are and what they can be. But the determination to be crowned International Slam Champions threatens to overwhelm everything. As the competition draws closer, the poets are forced to discover not just their voices, but what they must find the courage to say.
Leeds 2023 are delighted to be supporting this collaboration of writers and performers whcih will see writer Zodwa Nyoni return to West Yorkshire Playhouse following her debut play, Boi Boi is Dead, with this funny and moving coming of age story; a celebration of Leeds, language and an ode to the art that changed her own life as part of the acclaimed spoken word group Leeds Young Authors.
Directed by Artistic Director, James Brining, Ode to Leeds will feature a blend of music, words, heart and soul to provide a poignant and uplifting portrait of our city.