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Lyrics and beats hit Leeds streets ahead of new play opening

On Saturday 3 June the talented young cast of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s upcoming production of Ode to Leeds performed at Trinity Shopping Centre.

Catching the ears and eyes of Saturday afternoon shoppers, beat boxing and spoken word poems from the play were performed, tackling subjects from young masculinity to taking pride in your city.

Written by distinguished Leeds writer Zodwa Nyoni, Ode to Leeds is a new play inspired by the true story of Leeds Young Authors, a real group of Leeds poets who fought their own way to an international poetry slam competition in New York in 2011, making national news.

The event was compèred by Leeds Young Authors Artistic Director and Ode to Leeds Creative Associate Khadijah Ibrahiim.

Spoken word artist Dialect, member renowned poetry group Leeds Young Authors, also gave an exclusive performance, celebrating the spoken word movement in West Yorkshire ahead of Ode to Leeds’ opening night on Saturday 10 June.

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