SAY YES TO TESS - A New Musical
It's back for 2022!
'Anyone can be a politician, even you.’
Tess has moved back to Leeds after a break up. Temping at a call centre and trying to survive a frosty house-share, she’s feeling lost, until she meets the Yorkshire Party and is inspired to stand in the 2017 UK General Election.
Thrust into the spotlight, Tess takes the Yorkshire Party’s passion for people, park & rides and Yorkshire devolution to the streets, finding friends in unlikely places. But with the General Election getting ever closer, she starts to question whether she’s doing the right thing.
Laugh-out-loud funny with catchy original songs, Say Yes to Tess is the hilarious and uplifting true story of activism, Yorkshire grit and learning to vote for yourself.
Writer Tess Seddon / Songs Harry Blake / Co-Direction Harry Blake & Tess Seddon / Set and Costume Design Rūta Irbīte / Lighting Design Amy Mae / Production Manager Ben Pugh / Executive Producer Ali Ford / Movement Director Yukiko Masui / Access Consultant Nicki Miles-Wildin / Audio Description Consultant Vicky Ackroyd / Casting Director Lucy Casson / Company Stage Manager Paris Linxuan Wu / Technical Stage Manager & Sound Associate Dan Loops / Assistant Producer & Design Assistant Elle Money / Filmmaker Ben Pugh
Tess Tess Seddon
Kev/Dad Andrew Whitehead
Ben Kofi Dennis
Dani/Sue Purvi Parmar
Sacha/MD Jamie Noar
Say Yes to Tess is created by TheatreState in association with Leeds Playhouse and supported by Camden People’s Theatre. Supported using public funding from the national lottery through Arts Council England, alongside support from the European Cultural Foundation. TheatreState is a 2020 recipient of Nesta’s Democracy Pioneer’s Award.
Cast from Pre-Pandemic 2020 (featured in video)
Cast Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Danielle Henry, Max Runham, Tess Seddon