Layla’s Room

by Sabrina Mahfouz


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 

Venue Tour Dates 2016
LONDON – Redbridge Drama Centre – 15 September

BRIGHTON – Brighton Dome – 22 September

MAIDENHEAD – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts – 27 September

PLYMOUTH – Barbican Theatre – 7 & 8 October

CARDIFF – Sherman Cymru – 11 October

KENT – Marlowe Theatre – 20 October

LONDON – Southbank Centre – 22 October

YORK – York Theatre Royal – 1 November

LANCASTER – The Dukes – 8 November

LEICESTER – Upstairs at the Western – 9 November

LONDON – Stratford Circus – 22 & 23 November

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.

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

"Mahfouz’s poetic script fizzes with energy... FIVE STARS"

The Independent, "Chef" review

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