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Yorkshire’s Got Talent virtual contest in aid of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre extended

Written by on August 3, 2020

Good news for Yorkshire Day!

“Yorkshire’s Got Talent” virtual contest in aid of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre extended by a week

The organiser and judges of the online contest “Yorkshire’s Got Talent” have decided to extend the deadline for performers to upload their video entries. Anyone who is still considering entering the competition and showing off their special talent now has until midnight on Saturday 8th August to submit their online entry.

Hannah Wakelam, a nineteen year old local performer who set up the fundraiser to help the Joseph Rowntree Theatre’s Raise the Roof appeal says, “We still have lots of entries coming in, as word of the contest reaches further afield. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance of becoming a finalist in Yorkshire’s Got Talent and so the judges and I are extending the entry deadline to next weekend.”

It is well known that the Yorkshire area is teeming with talent and the Joseph Rowntree Theatre has been a training ground for many famous names who have gone on to professional acting careers, including the likes of David Bradley, Ian Kelsey and Scott Garnham.

All types of performers are encouraged to enter and to show off what they can do, whether it’s singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, performing a circus act, the list is endless.  The cost of entries is a minimum donation of £5 to the theatre’s Raise the Roof appeal and there are no age restrictions. Because of current lockdown rules, entrants will be asked to submit a short video of themselves performing their acts. The winner of the contest will win £100 and their online performances will be seen right across the Yorkshire area. Full rules and details of how to enter can be found here:



Graham Mitchell, the theatre’s Events and Fundraising Director says,” There’s a real buzz around this contest now.  Having a West End star amongst our judging panel has certainly got people talking and we are seeing a rush of last minute entries.  By extending the deadline we’ll be able to accommodate more acts at the same time as raising more money for our fundraising appeal.”

The online contest is the latest in a string of fundraisers for the theatre’s roof appeal, following on from a virtual video, a Zoom fitness class and the ongoing sale of jazzy face masks by a theatre volunteer.

To launch the Raise the Roof campaign the theatre has set up a Just Giving page and is encouraging people to donate even just the amount of a takeaway coffee.  The link to the page is here

Contact details

Graham Mitchell (Company Secretary and Events and Fundraising Director) is available for interview:

Mobile   07761 683440


Hannah Wakelam

Mobile  07840 185335