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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...

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...

January 8, 2016

Arcola theatre, London

The portrayal of a gay Zimbabwean awaiting the outcome of his application is affecting and direct in Zodwa Nyoni’s monologue

What does it feel like to be seeking sanctuary in the UK, and how are asylum seekers treated? Ishmael is a young gay man w...

February 22, 2015

Boi Boi Is Dead, but his spirit still walks the Earth, observing the effects of his demise on those closest to him and playing the trumpet melodies that earned him fame for a while (cool-with-bite Afro-jazz, composed by Michael Henry). The setting is urban Zimbabwe – h...

February 20, 2015

Leeds-based, Zimbabwe-born young playwright Zodwa Nyoni’s first full-length play is a triumph. 
 At the opening night in the Courtyard Theatre the audience was hugely supportive and Nyoni deserved the extended applause at the end of what is a very assured and mature de...

February 19, 2015

Developed after a year-long Channel 4 writer’s residency at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Zodwa Nyoni’s first full-length play opens the new season here with a compelling story of cultural collision that also deals with the intergenerational interplay between parental ties...

February 2, 2015

The design of this first full length play, Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, is the clue to grasping its unusual and delicate dramatic logic; at once full of realism and yet carefully sketched in a series of episodes, tableaux even, each building towards the emotional he...

June 16, 2014

[.......] Presented as part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint event series, this is one of the most alarmingly relevant plays you’ll have seen in this building for a while. The nature of A Play, a Pie and a A Pint means it is able to be fleet-f...

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