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July 21, 2017

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain will attend the launch of Feversham College’s fourth ‘First Story’ anthology.

The students of Feversham have been working on their anthology titled Spilt Ink since early autumn last year. The students who participated in ‘Fi...

June 14, 2017

Young, talented and dismayed at the state of the world - the teenage characters in Zodwa Nyoni's new play seem pretty real. And so they should - they're based on herself and her friends.

The five characters we meet are all trying to navigate the things teenagers have to...

May 25, 2017

The Zimbabwe-born writer found her passion for words as a teenager in Yorkshire. Her new play, Ode to Leeds, explores its in-your-face poetry scene.

Home is a complicated idea. The Yorkshire-based poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni knows that better than many. Born in Zimb...

Written by Zodwa Nyoni
Directed by James Brining

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre

Press Night  Wednesday 14 June, 7.45pm
Sat 10 June – Sat 1 July 2017

Ode to Leeds is a powerful new play by Zodwa Nyoni (Boi Boi Is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse), inspired...

February 22, 2017

It’s a drizzly Friday, and the mid-week slog is drifting in. Hours before my interview with playwright Zodwa Nyoni, I’d pictured the northern city of Hull as a distant industrial enigma. But after our conversation, it is transformed into a city teeming with colour and...

February 16, 2017

Kofi met the cast and crew of Weathered Estates at the University of Hull, for a guided tour of the play's set.


January 28, 2017

POET? SPOKEN WORD ARTIST? MC? BEATBOXER? PERFORMER? West Yorkshire Playhouse is looking for you for its new show


By Zodwa Nyoni
Directed by James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse is running open auditions to meet...

January 28, 2017

Zodwa Nyoni: “You have to cry a little bit, drink some tea, eat cake and power through.”

Playwright Zodwa Nyoni and director Alex Chisholm talk about the process of creating Nine Lives, a drama about LGBT asylum seekers that opens at the Arcola this month.

Alex Chisholm:...

November 30, 2016

on being a writer in residence

August 26, 2016

Nine Lives features real-life, personal and intimate refugees stories that get behind the headlines. We spoke to Zimbabwe-born playwright Zodwa Nyoni about how she created the show and why it's such a important piece of work.

For people who haven’t come across you or yo...

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