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 will be touring schools and venues throughout September – November 2016.
If you’re interested in Laylas’ Room visiting your school please contact email@example.com
Venue Tour Dates 2016
LONDON – Redbridge Drama Centre – 15 September
Sabrina Mahfouz is currently writing plays, poems, librettos and TV for Paines Plough; BBC3; Kate Whitley; Futures Theatre, Clean Break, 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 new poetry book, How You Might Know Me, is published by Out-Spoken Press.
“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
"Mahfouz’s poetic script fizzes with energy... FIVE STARS"
The Independent, "Chef" review
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