Layla's Room - Upstairs at the Western
Theatre Centre tours to Upstairs at the Western on 9 November 2016 with Layla's Room by Sabrina Mahfouz.
This November Theatre Centre brings Layla's Room by Sabrina Mahfouz to Upstairs at the Western, Leicester.
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 that 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 and Theatre Centre, offering a hard hitting yet hopeful story of how girls just wanna have fun–damental human rights.
Layla's Room at Upstairs at the Western
A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz
Wednesday 9 November, 7.30pm
Upstairs at the Western
70 Western Road
Book online via Upstairs at the Western.
Sabrina Mahfouz’s first piece for theatre, That Boy (Soho Theatre, 2010) won a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Since then she has won a Sky Arts Futures Fund Award for poetry and an Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award. Bloomsbury imprint Methuen will publish her first collection of poetry and plays in spring 2014. She is currently an Associate Artist of the Bush Theatre, a writer for the UK charity Liberty, and the Cape Farewell poet in residence.
Praise for Sabrina Mahfouz’s work:
“Mahfouz’s poetic script fizzes with energy” ***** - Chef review, The Independent
“A blistering way with language… this is how theatre can take you anywhere in your imagination” ***** - Clean review, The Herald
“Clean is sensational… the best writing on the fringe” ***** - Clean review, The British Theatre Guide
“A really substantial piece of writing… [Mahfouz] speaks lyrically and powerfully” **** – Dry Ice review, The Times
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