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Hopeless (Leyla Josephine)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2017

We’re warned from the very beginning: this is a poetry show, containing poetry, and it’s titled ‘Hopeless’. Are we absolutely sure we want to be here? Admittedly Leyla Josephine (former UK spoken word slam champion) does create some laughter during this show, but ultimately it is bleak and brutal. From the refugee crisis to climate change the world is, as she describes it, “fucked”. Fucked by apathy, fucked by the boys in nice suits who are too rich to care. Is there really any reason to get out from under the safety of a duvet? Interspersed with stories about her family’s past, Josephine’s angry, biting lyricism will make you question what’s worth fighting for, and whether crowdfunding is really enough to fix it.

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]



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