The delights of Dante


A theatre company is looking for 30 teenagers to join a free open-air production of Dante's Inferno in Millennium Square, Leeds

The literary classic, which follows Dante's journey into hell, is being given a contemporary multi-media treatment - and young people are being urgently sought to join the cast. The play is being staged for the 2011 Open Weekend as part of a series of Olympic Celebration events.

Director Steve Ansell explained: "This is a really exciting opportunity for young people to get involved in live theatre, and the performance will be a visual treat for all the family."

Steve is looking for 30 people aged between 13 and 19 who are free to attend all-day rehearsals at the University of Leeds on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, an evening rehearsal on Friday July 22 - and then be available from 10am-10pm on July 23, the day of the performance at Millennium Square. "They can be individuals, a group of friends, or members of drama groups or youth organisations," he added.

Steve has more than 25 years of experience working with young people. He is an associate artist at Dean Clough, former Associate director at Harrogate Theatre and currently manages stage@leeds, a new theatre in the heart of the University campus.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Steve at

Further Information

  • Steve Ansell is available for interview about this project. For requests to interview, please contact the University of Leeds Press Office on +44 (0)113 343 4031 or email

Notes to Editors

  • Based in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Steve Ansell is Theatre and Production Manager of the stage@leeds theatre in the University of Leeds.
  • Dante's Inferno is a Screaming Media production in association with the University of Leeds, stage@leeds, Leeds City Council, BBC Big Screen and Pontefract New College.
  • All members of the production team have undergone enhanced CRB checks.