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Thank you for coming to see Say Yes to Tess - A New Musical!

Andrew Whitehead (Kev) Tess Seddon (Tess) Purvi Parmar (Sue) Kofi Dennis (Ben) in Say Yes

We are delighted to have you with us! It has been a long journey and a pandemic to making this show happen but we knew this story just had to get told. If you enjoyed the show and would like to support our work with theatre audiences and communities further please do either get in touch or donate via the button below. Whatever you are able to spare is a real life-line for the company we’ve worked so hard to build, in the most impossible of climates, and we’re extremely grateful to you. More info and our rewards can be found here.


Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!

Tess and Ali 

Co-Directors of TheatreState

Say Yes to Tess - A New Musical 


Tess Tess Seddon 

Kev/Dad Andrew Whitehead

Ben Kofi Dennis 

Dani/Sue Purvi Parmar 

Sacha Jamie Noar

Casting Director Lucy Casson

Creative Team

Writer Tess Seddon

Songs Harry Blake

Co-Direction Harry Blake & Tess Seddon

Set and Costume Design Rūta Irbīte

Lighting Design Amy Mae

Musical Director Jamie Noar 

Movement Director Yukiko Masui

Filmmaker Ben Pugh


Production Team

Company Stage Manager Paris Linxuan Wu

Technical Stage Manager & Sound Associate Dan Loops

Production Manager Ben Pugh

Executive Producer Ali Ford 

Assistant Producer Elle Money


Access Consultant Nicki Miles-Wildin

Audio Description Consultant Vicky Ackroyd

BSL Interpretation Keren Seabrook  

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.

Kofi Dennis (Ben) Purvi Parmar (Sue) Andrew Whitehead (Kev)  in Say Yes To Tess. Photograp

About TheatreState

Based in Leeds, TheatreState makes fun, surprising shows and projects that fuse the personal and political to ask big questions and reimagine the world as we know it. Led by Tess Seddon and Ali Ford, the company works with experienced performers and people who’ve never been on stage before. Recent projects include Politics Could Never: a podcast about politics, developed with young people aged 16-18 in Seacroft (available wherever you get your podcasts). Previous shows include Tribute Acts (national tour), The Fanny Hill Project (national tour) and Git (The Yard). 

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