Co-commissioned by the Albany, Battersea Arts Centre and Roundhouse


Goldfish Bowl is a collaboration between The Paper Birds and Caleb Femi with live music from DJ / rapper Lex Amor, and illustrations by Olivia Twist.

A thrilling mix of spoken word, theatre, music and breathtaking visuals, Goldfish Bowl is based on the life & works of Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, and interrogates the many small, but defining moments that make up a life.

At 18 years old, recovering from a gunshot wound, Caleb sat in a hospital bed reading FrankensteinGoldfish Bowl tells the story as to how and why this book, and this moment in his past, changed his future.

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.
Begin selling drugs.
Get my heart broken by Abigail.
Get stabbed.
Get shot.
Read a book……
Change everything.

Meet the Creative Team post show talk on Tuesday 5 June
Raidene Carter (Executive Director, Theatre Centre) will lead a post show talk with Performers Caleb Femi and Lex Amour, and Director Jemma McDonnell, about the making of the play. This event is FREE with a ticket to the performance of Goldfish Bowl on Tuesday 5 June.

Captioned Performances 
The performance on Friday 15 Jun at 8pm will be Captioned.

Running time: 60 mins
Age recommendation: 13+

For press enquiries please contact Alex Shaw at Chloe Nelkin PR on

Previewed at Canada Water Theatre, 2017.

Director: Jemma McDonnell

Cast: Lex Amor, Caleb Femi

Illustrator: Olivia Twist

Designer: Rebecca Wood

AV Design: The Media Workshop

Lighting Design: Joe Price

Sound Design: Shane Durrant

Producers: Bonnie Mitchell, Charlotte Gregory & Melanie Rashbrooke

Press: Alex Shaw

30 May to 16 June 2018 (not Sundays and Mondays) at Battersea Arts Centre

Book tickets via our Tour Dates page


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