Layla's Room: Listings Information

24 August 2016

Theatre Centre's autumn tour of Layla’s Room, a new play from the award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, calls at eleven venues across the UK, as well as over forty secondary schools. Listings information, in various formats, can be found below...

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Layla’s Room, by Sabrina Mahfouz. National tour until 23 November: Redbridge Drama Centre, London E18; Brighton Dome, Brighton BN1; Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6; Barbican Theatre, Plymouth PL1; Sherman Theatre, Cardiff CF24; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury CT1; Southbank Centre, London SE1; York Theatre Royal, York YO1; The Dukes, Lancaster LA1; Upstairs at the Western, Leicester LE3; Stratford Circus, London E15. Cast: Shanice Sewell, Emma White, Alex Stedman. Director: Natalie Wilson. Designer: Ele Slade. Sound Design: Elena Pena. Lighting Design: Chloe Kenward. Voice Coach: Joel Trill. Movement Director: Anna Morrissey. Dramaturg: Sarah Dickenson. Company Stage Manager: Vicki Heathcock. Production Manager: Pete Herbert. Produced by Theatre Centre. Press tickets available. Press contact (Theatre Centre): Emily Groves, 020 7729 3066.

About the play

For Layla, every day is a battleground.

The pay gap, the thigh gap, over-sexed pop and selfies that are photoshopped – they’re just part of the world she lives in.

But Layla’s world is about to change.

While breaking out of her bedroom – and with drama, comedy, poetry and music as her weapons – Layla breaks down and makes sense of the realities, difficulties and absurdities of teenage life in the UK today.

Collected from a bespoke national survey, the voices of a thousand UK teens are brought to life in Layla. Their ambitions, concerns, role-models and regrets are woven together by award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz (*****, Clean, The Independent) and Theatre Centre (*****, Rise Up, The Morning Star) and offer a hard-hitting yet hopeful story of how girls just wanna have fun(damental human rights).

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and librettist. A Sky Arts Academy Scholar, poet-in-residence for Cape Farewell and Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre, she is the recipient of a Fringe First Award, the Sky Arts Futures Fund Award, an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award and the Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.

About Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz is currently writing plays, poems, librettos and TV for Paines Plough; BBC3; Kate Whitley; Futures Theatre, Clean Break, Bush Theatre, Theatre Centre and Aakash Odedra. She has been a Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, a poet in residence for Cape Farewell and an Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre.

Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards including a 2014 Fringe First Award; a 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her book The Clean Collection is available from Bloomsbury.

Individual venues

Thursday 15th September, 4pm
Thursday 15th September, 8pm
Redbridge Drama Centre
Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2RB
Box Office: 0208 708 8803


Thursday 22nd  September, 4pm
Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm
Brighton Dome
Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
Box Office: 01273 709709
Price: £6 - £12


Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Altwood Road, Maidenhead, West Berkshire
Box Office: 01628 788 997
Price: £12 - £14


Friday 7th October, 7.30pm
Saturday 8th October, 7.30pm
Barbican Theatre
Castle St, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Box Office: 01752 267131
Price: £10 - £13


Tuesday 11th October, 4pm
Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm
Sherman Cymru
Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4YE
Box Office: 029 2064 6900
Price: £7.30 - £15


Thursday 20th October, 8pm
Marlowe Theatre
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS
Box Office: 01227 787787

Price: £10 - £13


Saturday 22nd October, 4.30pm
Saturday 22nd October 7.30pm
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 0207 960 4200
Part of WHY? Festival (What’s Happening For The Young?):
Price: £4 - £8


Tuesday 1st November, 7.30pm
York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD
Box Office: 01904 623568
Price: £14


Tuesday 8th November, 7.30pm
The Dukes
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
Box Office: 01524 598500
Price: £13


Wednesday 9th November, 7.30pm
Upstairs at the Western
70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA
Price: £8 - £10


Tuesday 22nd November, 1.30pm
Tuesday 22nd November, 6.30pm
Wednesday 23rd November, 1.30pm
Wednesday 23rd November, 6.30pm
Stratford Circus
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Box Office: 020 8279 1080
Ticket price: £8 - £10


The general public can be directed to the following URL for more information about the tour:

For more information, or to arrange press tickets, contact Emily Groves, Marketing Officer: 020 7729 3066 /