09/06/2017 12:00 AM

Ode to Leeds - The Movement

As young local artists take the stage in the new production Ode To Leeds at West Yorkshire Playhouse there are lots of special events going on as part of Ode to Leeds: The Movement, and you are invited to get involved as West Yorkshire Playhouse say “we want to hear your voice about your city”.
Ode to Leeds - 10th June - 1st July
Five young poets from Leeds are selected to compete at the world’s most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City.
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.
Writer Zodwa Nyoni returns 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.
Write on the Walls (of the Playhouse) - 10th June - 1st July
Throughout the run of Ode To Leeds, we’re issuing an invitation to write your poetry on the walls of the Playhouse!
Sunday Practise on Tour - 18th June 8.30pm
Leeds’ regular live music and poetry night decamps to the Courtyard Theatre for one night only! An evening of spoken word, performance poetry and live music featuring local and national artists.
Playhouse Takeover Weekend 23/24 June
We're looking for 20 young Leeds artists to work with a group of exciting live artists, poets, writers and the creative team of Ode to Leeds, to create their own work inspired by their lives and their city.
Friday 23 June overnight stay
Rap and beatboxing session with MC/rapper and Guinness World Record holding beatboxer, Testament.
Leeds After Dark Walk taking inspiration from across the city at night time
Sleepover on The Quarry Stage
Saturday 24 June
Group Masterclass
Writing and one-to-one feedback sessions with our artist facilitators
Watch Ode to Leeds and perform your own work onstage in the Courtyard Theatre.
Voices of a New Generation 26th June
Come and celebrate the power of spoken word and live performance, as schools and community groups compete in this poetry slam festival. The evening, run by Leeds Young Authors, promises to be an exciting window into young peoples’ views on the world.
Leeds Young Authors Q&A 27th June
Ode To Leeds is writer Zodwa Nyoni’s ode to the art that changed her own life as part of the acclaimed spoken work group. Leeds Young Authors. This Q&A will explore Leeds Young Authors’ impact on performance poetry in Leeds, the UK and internationally. The panel includes Khadijah Ibrahiim, Dr Emilee Moore, Paulette Morris and Lewis Barker.
Find out more including booking and tickets here https://www.wyp.org.uk
In partnership with Leeds Young Authors.