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  • Alphabetti Theatre Saint James' Boulevard Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE1 United Kingdom (map)

Award-winning spoken word artist, Leyla Josephine is taking audiences on a journey through the apathetic attitudes of millennials! ‘Hopeless' was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award .

Through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy, Leyla asks whether we can really make a difference or, if in fact, everything is broken beyond repair. Expect a fiery collision of theatre and spoken word all tied together with a powerhouse performance.

The show follows Leyla, as she realises the news brings nothing but despair, causing her to feel hopeless. She stays in bed all day, eating full Vienettas and asking ‘what is the point of starting the day when things are so bleak?’ The show examines Leyla’s personal struggles about feeling useless, as well as the ‘annoying’ indifference shown by many of her peers.

Praise for ‘Hopeless’

‘Loved Leyla Josephine’s poetry in Hopeless...taking action in a world that seems beyond hope.’ - Lynn Gardener

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***** ‘Hopeless by Leyla Josephine was a perfect start to my adventure at The Edinburgh Fringe’ Asif Khan, Scottish Poetry Library

***** ‘This show has a real poignancy and it is obvious when it hits the audience, who, rightfully so, gave it a standing ovation at the end.' - Broadway Baby

**** ‘Leyla Josephine does a great job in taking the audience away from this space with her brilliant wordplay and excellent turn of phrase. She has the ability to draw an audience into her poetry and present a visual picture with her words.’ - The Wee Review

**** “Hopeless” is an exceptional debut from an already brightly burning UK star. Already a force of stage, theatre, and screen, you should race to say ‘I saw Leyla Josephine first.’ ScotsGay

About Leyla

Leyla Josephine is a theatre maker and poet based in Glasgow. She has won numerous accolades for her work including 2014 UK National Poetry Slam held at The Royal Albert Hall by Hammer and Tongue. In that same year, she won Rally and Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam. This year she has won The Golden Gun Award at Bang Said The Gun, Loud Poets’ Grand Slam and was a finalist for The Roundhouse Slam. She has performed across the world, with shows in New York, London, Prague, Victoria and Vancouver.

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