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 exciting young artists from West Yorkshire, to act in its new production Ode to Leeds.

The show tells the story of five young poets from Leeds, who 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.

We’re keen to hear from people from all backgrounds and experiences; both from those with acting experience and those without. Whether you’re taking part in open mic nights, competing in hip hop battles, busking on corners or just writing poetry in your bedroom, we want to hear from you.

If you’re interested and have left school, have a look at the characters we’re looking to find below. All the characters are between 14 and 18 years old; you need to look like you could be in that age bracket. All characters speak with a Leeds accent. If you think that sounds like you, then get in touch!

  • DARCY: 15, female, Black Caribbean descent , poet and singer.

  • QUEENIE: 18, female, Nigerian descent, poet and beatboxer.

  • THEO: 17, male, Mixed-race (Caribbean and English), poet.

  • DEVIKA: 16, female, Bangladeshi descent, poet.

  • MACK: 14, male, White-British, poet and MC.

If you were successful it would be a big commitment and a paid opportunity. You would need to be available to rehearse during the day between the 8 May and 10 June, and to perform between the 10 June and the 1 July 2017. All rehearsals and performances will take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse.


  • Saturday 4 February: 10am – 6pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse

  • Monday 6 February: 6pm – 9pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse

If selected for an audition, we’d like you to perform one of your own pieces or choose another piece of poetry to perform, and read a few pages from the play sent to you in advance.

CONTACT US: Please send us a recent photograph of you, your preferred open audition date and a completed application form, to auditions@wyp.org.uk . This opportunity is open to all. Please tell us about any access requirements on your application form.

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