Leyla Josephine

Leyla Josephine is an award-winning theatre maker and poet based in Glasgow. She is currently touring her one-woman show, Hopeless, while working on her second solo show, Daddy Drag, which will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018.


Hopeless Image 1 Full ResIn Hopeless, Leyla takes audiences on a journey through the apathetic attitudes of millennials in a world full of bleak news.

Audiences can expect an emotional collision of quick-fire poetry, dark comedy, and theatre, as Leyla asks whether we can really make a difference, or if everything is broken beyond repair. Hopeless shines light on these miserable times, with the ultimate aim of stirring up hope in even the most cynical of audience members.

Long listed: Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award

“Loved Leyla Josephine’s poetry in Hopeless…taking action in a world that seems beyond hope.” Lyn Gardner

“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

Catch Hopeless in Belfast

What: IMAGINE! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics
Date: Saturday 17th March 2018
Time: 19:.30
Venue: Crescent Arts, 2-4 University Road, BT7 1NH
Price: £5+booking fee
Get ticketsimaginebelfast.com

Catch Hopeless in Brighton 

What: Brighton Fringe Festival
Dates: 17-20 May 2018
Time: 16:35
Venue: Sweet Werks 1, Werks Central, 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL
Tickets: £7-£10
Get tickets: brightonfringe.org

A bit more about Leyla…

Leyla is a graduate of the Contemporary Performance Practice course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has notched up numerous accolades for her work. These include winning the 2014 Hammer & Tongue UK Poetry Slam, held at The Royal Albert Hall, and the Rally & Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam.

She has been featured on BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 6, as well as in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Upworthy and TedxWhitehallWomen.

Leyla has performed across the UK and internationally, with shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, Brighton, York, Bristol, Oxford, New York, Prague (where she toured with the Loud Poets), and Canada.

She debuted her solo show Hopeless at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 to rave reviews, and is currently working on her second one-woman show, Daddy Drag, which will be premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.