Co-commissioned by Live Theatre & The Marlowe Theatre
The Paper Birds present


We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?

An intimate 40-minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK. Made using public funding from Arts Council England.

The Paper Birds present


Born in Nigeria
Climb a mango tree
Get hit by a Peugeot 405
Move to the North Peckham Estate
Fall in love with Khami
Have a fight by the P.E gym
Start writing Grime lyrics
Leave school with 12 GCSEs
Begin selling drugs
Get my heart broken by Abigail
Get stabbed
Get shot
Move to Marylebone
Become an English teacher
Leave teaching
Become a poet
Make a play

Based on the life and works of Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi. Goldfish Bowl is an edgy, loud and vital look at the way we view ourselves and the way we view others, told through spoken word, live grime and breathtaking visuals. Featuring DJ / Music Producer Lex Amor and illustrations by Olivia Twist. These are preview performances.

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Bonnie Mitchell Creative Producer |
Jemma McDonnell Artistic Director |
Kylie Perry Creative Learning Director |
Melanie Rashbrooke Assistant Producer |

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