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Leeds Playhouse
10 June - 1 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.

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.

‘… more than just a literary event; it is a coming-of-age play with political undertones about the more deprived areas not normally covered in the theatre…an absolute must see’   ★★★★★ Reviews Hub

‘(Nyoni’s) political vehemence and her relish for language have a thrilling urgency’  The Times

‘…political, heartfelt and at times heart-breaking’ Yorkshire Post

‘From the moment the five launch into their first poem, there’s an air of electricity and vibrancy…that never dims’   ★★★★ The Stage


Genesis Lynea as Queenie

Chance Perdomo as Theo

Aryana Ramkhalawon as Devika

Archie Rush as Mack 

 Leah Walker as Darcy.


James Brining




Khadijah Ibrahiim

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