Lenny Henry returns as a playwright to help young actors

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Lenny Henry will return to the stage in Leeds to help young thespians fulfil their theatrical dreams.

Comic Relief legend Henry has written a new play that will be performed by local youngsters at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of a national youth theatre project.

The National Theatre Connections project is run by the National Theatre (NT) and sees youth theatres and schools from across the country apply.

It commissions 10 new plays from professional playwrights which are then performed by the young people with support from the NT and local theatres.

Lenny has penned Soundclash for the project, and the play will be performed by Brighouse-based Exit 25 Theatre School.

The comic was last at the Playhouse in 2009 when he famously took to the stage in the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello.

Matthew Burgess, assistant producer the Playhouse said: “It was great to work with Lenny Henry back in 2009 on Othello and it’s very exciting to welcome his work back into the theatre.

“Lenny’s play Soundclash is going to be staged as part of this festival and performed by young people from Yorkshire in the theatre in which he made his own theatrical debut. It’s really exciting.”

Soundclash will be performed tomorrow. For more details visit www.microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections