Say Yes To Tess is a new musical inspired by theatre-maker Tess Seddon’s real-life experience of standing in the 2017 General Election for the Yorkshire Party in Leeds North East.
The 30-year-old Labour supporter found love for the Yorkshire Party’s eccentric fight and thought they’d make an excellent subject matter for a play. But the more she looked into it, the more she wanted to join them and stand herself!
Say Yes to Tess is a hilarious first-hand account of our weird and wonderful democracy. Tess knocks on doors, speaks at hustings and begins to believe in her power to change things. Until she is told to drop out to protect Labour’s votes.
Of course the play is written by Tess Seddon herself, with songs by Harry Blake. This is a brand new fun, accessible and entertaining musical for people who don’t think politics is for them.
Leeds Playhouse Artistic director James Brining said: “We are really proud that this has been developed through Leeds Playhouse’s Artist Development programme, Furnace. Tess ran for election whilst undertaking her placement as Resident Director here at the Playhouse and it is fantastic to have been part of the whole journey and continuing that support and commitment to and progression for local artists in Leeds. Say Yes To Tess explores prescient themes like apathy, political representation and independence with wit, originality and integrity whilst also being a great night out. It’s certainly got my vote!”
Tess Seddon said: “Harry and I met through Leeds Playhouse in 2017 and instantly had such fun playing around with all the mad things that had happened to me. It’s a strange thing turning your life into a musical! I’m so excited to be telling this unique Northern story and continuing this journey with Leeds Playhouse. At a time of huge political divides, I hope Say Yes To Tess will bring people together to reimagine the system no matter what Party they believe in.”
Catch the show at the Bramall Rock Void, Leeds Playhouse from 26th March – 4th April.