Letter to Boddah

Letter to Boddah

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Letter to Boddah

A play by Sarah Nelson

This is a non-socially distanced event which will only go ahead if the current lifting of restrictions remains in place. The wearing of a mask and use of hand sanitiser is strongly encouraged.

2 Men. A Bomb. A Tesco Toilet.

In the disabled toilet in Tesco, we meet Billy and Neil. Dressed in combats and carrying enough explosives to blow the place sky high, they examine life and attempt to decide whether violence is sometimes the only way to be heard.

With a title inspired by Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, this is a darkly comic exploration of the lives of young, working class men in austerity Britain. Vividly exploring boys’ relationships with their dads, toxic masculinity, and our attitudes to terrorism; it shows how two seemingly ordinary people can be pushed to shocking extremes, without even realising it.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to watch two phenomenal professional actors perform in our Wildman Studio:  Tom Gibbons of Coronation Street and The Archers, and Dean Smith of Waterloo Road and Last Tango in Halifax fame.  The chemistry between the two is outstanding.  This powerful gritty, chilling, clever drama is a masterclass in tension.

Book tickets now; this one is sure to sell out!

DEAN SMITH is an actor, director and writer from Leeds.

As a 15 year old Dean was chosen to attend the BAFTA award winning ITV run 'Television Workshop'.

Whilst still at the workshop Dean successfully auditioned for his professional acting debut, playing Philip Ryan for 2 series of the BBC1 drama 'Waterloo Road'.

Since then other TV credits have included ‘Coronation Street’, 'Doctors', 'Casualty', 'Reunited', 'Being Victor', 'The Great Train Robbery', 'The Village', 'Common', 'The Last Kingdom', 'Snatch', Willis in ‘Still Open All Hours’ and William Elliot in BBC1s 'Last Tango In Halifax'.

Film credits include 'Awaydays', 'Cotton Stones' and the lead role in Ridley Scott's 3D movie 'The Foundling'.

Radio credits include 'Pulse', 'Stone', 'Here After', 'Brief Lives' and JB Priestleys 'Bright Day' series all on BBC Radio 4.

Theatre credits include the world premier of Richard Cameron's 'Schoolboy/Lover' at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK tours of 'The Holly and the Ivy', Agatha Christie’s ‘A Murder Is Announced’ and the lead in Ruth Rendell thriller ‘Gallowglass’.

Dean was the face of Yorkshire Tea between 2015 and 2017 and admits to being a Leeds United fan.

TOM GIBBONS passion for acting started at a young age when he was selected to be a part of the ITV Television workshop in Leeds before going on to the Oxford School of Drama to complete his drama training.


His theatre credits include A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (Tour) Moby Dick (John Godber) ‘Kings' with SlungLow (Leeds); ‘Estate of Mind’ & ‘Spent’ (London). 'A Mid Summer Night’s Dream’ (Blenheim Palace)


He has been very busy working in TV & Films over the past few years and was delighted to be cast in the recent feature film ‘Funny Cow’ playing young Bob which was where he worked alongside actress Maxine Peake who then went on to direct him in the film ‘Time Away’.


Tom’s TV credits are numerous and include: ‘Coronation Street’; ‘Scott & Bailey’ & ’Emmerdale’ for ITV.  ‘The Driver’; ‘Doctor Who’; ‘Body Farm’; ‘In with the Flynns’ ‘Doctors’ for BBC and two series of ‘Young Dracula’ for CBBC


All Radio 4 listeners will recognise Tom’s voice instantly as he has been playing Johnny Phillips in their long standing soap ‘The Archers’ for the past 8 years now and has been involved at the heart of many of their storylines over those years and giving away no spoilers but there are some good stories coming up!

SARAH NELSON - Playwright 

Sarah's first play Flatmates was selected for The National Students Drama Festival while she was a student at The Central School of Speech and Drama. She taught Drama for seven years before leaving to pursue writing and directing.

She has worked with a variety of community organisations and theatre companies. She is associate writer at the nationally renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop and a visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The University of Salford. She was the 2019 winner of the INSPIRE award for Women in Film, Art and Media and her play, Letter to Boddah, won a BOBBY award for Best at the Fringe 2019. Recent credits include The Secret of Christmas Eve (Oldham Library), Prom (Oldham Coliseum) and Planet B (Odeon Cinema Oldham).

In 2016 she was commissioned to write and direct the opening of the new Odeon cinema in Oldham, a large scale outdoor performance, On The Shoulder of Giants.

She was one of BBC's Northern Voices for 2020 during which she completed her first commission for BBC, What would you do Frida?

Start: 7.30pm

No interval

Duration: approx 1 hour 10 minutes

Bar service available from 7pm 

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