THE SCHOOL OF HOPE IS OPEN!
We’re so excited to launch our new socially engaged, digital arts project – The School of Hope! It’s created for young people aged 13-25 and is based on the theme of empathy. The School of Hope aims to improve the wellbeing of young people by giving them a meaningful and empowering platform to address the isolation they and others have experienced in the last year.
We’re teaming up with academics to plan and measure the impact of a series of 5 ‘digital lessons’ which will be delivered by our partner venues, festivals and youth theatres throughout the UK and around the world. At the heart of each lesson will be a bespoke artwork, of varying artforms, commissioned and created by us and 4 diverse British artists. The young people taking part will experience these artworks, as well as undertaking tasks, discussions, and activities before creating their own artworks in response to each lesson.
A filmmaker will fuse their artworks to create a short global story about empathy, which you’ll all be able to enjoy when it premieres in autumn 2021.
Thank you to The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, British Council and to Arts Council England for funding The School of Hope and helping us to tap into the innate creativity we believe each young person possesses, to help harness their talents, increase their levels of empathy and improve their wellbeing.
COVID 1 YEAR ROUND UP
We can all agree it’s been an unforgettable 12 months. Life in the UK changed dramatically on 23rd March 2020 when we went into the first national lockdown, and Covid’s heart-breaking affects echoed across the world. These affects hit communities in so many ways, as we were forced to question everything we knew about day-to-day life.
As a small independent arts charity, The Paper Birds have certainly felt these drastic changes, and we’ve been forced to adapt and respond. We’ve been consistently amazed and inspired by the resilience and determination of all those we’ve worked with over the past year.
Now, one year on, we’re taking some time to reflect. We are all still grieving in countless numbers of ways, as Covid-19 continues to affect our health, our communities, our education and our livelihoods.
We’re so grateful to have connected and felt the love and support of so many people over the last year, even throughout the months of isolation, protest and constant challenges. Thank you to every single person who gave their time and energy to join us for a workshop or webinar, and continued to stand up for what they believe in. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and carers who have worked tirelessly to make sure young people keep learning creatively. Thanks to our Board and all our Individual Giving donors, for consistently going above and beyond. Thank you to everyone who has supported a friend, a loved one or a stranger during these crazy times.
It is The Paper Birds’ mission to change the world, one encounter at a time. While that’s not been easy over the last 12 months, we’re looking back with gratitude and looking forward to the future.
Here’s to a brighter, safer and more positive future.
Jemma, Kylie, Charlotte, Georgie, Jus & Katie x
THE PAPER BIRDS ON AQA A LEVEL DRAMA SPEC
We are delighted to have been recognised by the AQA exam board as a leading contemporary practitioner and included in their ‘prescribed practitioners’ list for students of A Level Drama to study. From the academic year 2020-21, students will be able to emulate our style and methodologies in the creation of their own devised pieces for examination. This recognition has been a long term ambition of ours and we send huge thanks to the team at AQA and the many teachers and students who have supported our work and rallied on our behalf!
DISTANCED DEVISING - ONLINE CPD!
Join Co-Founders of The Paper Birds, Kylie & Jemma, for a webinar on devising theatre in a socially distant climate.
Our first session on Fri 29th May at 11am has been super popular and sold out in less than 24hrs!
But never fear! We’ve added more sessions to accommodate all the amazing interest we’ve (thank-you lovely drama teachers!)! Book ASAP to avoid disappointment as these will sell out: https://www.thepaperbirds.com/cpd/
We are thrilled to have been selected to be part of Mercury Creatives: a support, mentoring and growth programme funded by The European Union Regional Development Fund and run and managed by the brilliant team at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester. We will be both mentors for Found In Translation Theatre Company, as well as mentees working with Fern Potter and Assis Carreiro over the next year, as part of Mercury Creatives programme. We can’t wait to take part in all the events and activities planned, and get to know more people working in our sector in the South East region. In these uncertain times it’s so great to have time to reflect with peers and colleagues – huge thanks to The Mercury for making this possible. Here’s a pic of the official launch event – try and spot our Co-Director Jemma in the crowd! (Image Credit Seana Hughes)
TOUR DATES POSTPONED
Obviously with the increasing concern regarding the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, we are sad to announce that we will need to put things on hold for a while with our tour of Ask Me Anything. Dates for our run at Chats Palace London are being rescheduled, and we will publish them asap. If you are a ticketholder for these events 24-26 March, please contact the venue directly.
NEW BIRDS ALERT!
After 2.5 years, our wonderful Producer Melanie is going onto exciting new projects beyond The Paper Birds’ little nest. We wish her the best of luck with her new ventures. She has been an absolute star!
So, we have now recruited not 1, but 2 fabulous new birds to join our company! Justine is joining us in a newly created post: Marketing and Audience Development Manager, and Katie is our new Producer.
Here they are doing a lovely job of modelling our new Ask Me Anything tote bags on site at Live Theatre in Newcastle! Welcome gals!
JOB ALERT! PRODUCER AND/OR MARKETEER OPPORTUNITY!
Our wonderful Producer Melanie is moving onto pastures new, so we are on the hunt for a new Freelance Producer and/or Marketeer!
Full details below – please share far and wide friends!
The Paper Birds are looking for a creative, highly organised and self-motivating Freelance Producer and/or Marketeer to be a core member of our freelance team. The Producer / Marketeer will support the continued successful delivery of both the company’s artistic and creative learning work, as well as ensure strong audiences and increased profile for the company. A key focus of this role will be around the national 2020 tour of our new show Ask Me Anything.
This role would ideally suit a Producer who is confident in marketing/audience development. Alternatively, we are also interested in recruiting a couple of separate people to cover different aspects of the job spec, and working additionally with a more specialist Marketeer with experience of touring theatre or dance. We are looking for people who want to develop an on-going relationship with The Paper Birds in a period of company growth.
For full details on the company, role and how to apply, please contact Senior Producer Charlotte to request a job pack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to apply: Weds 4th Dec 2019.
HOME SWEET HOME CALL OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS
Home Sweet Home is an epic and creative museum takeover for young people aged 12-18 years old.
Join The Paper Birds to make a unique site-specific theatrical extravaganza in the heart of historic Leeds.
We’re seeking up to 20 young people ages 12-18 years to develop an original live performance at Leeds Industrial Museum.
Take part in a creative practical workshop this October half term with professional theatre-makers to create a live public performance.
Home Sweet Home will explore what it means to have a roof over your head and a space o call your own. Inspired by the UK housing crisis, homelessness, and the need for decent affordable housing for all, we are seeking young people with a passion for the performing arts, as well as young people who have a voice and something to say about their neighbourhood, their city, their nation.
The project and performances are FREE to attend.
Rehearsals: Monday 28 October to Saturday 2 November from 10am to 3pm.
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF.
Performances: Saturday 2 November at 2pm & 4pm.
Application deadline: Friday 18 October, but please apply as soon as possible to be sure of a place.
To apply please send a short email to The Paper Birds explaining why you’d like to be involved: email@example.com.
FLYING ABROAD: INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS
In addition to delivering over 30 workshops in schools across the UK this Autumn, The Paper Birds are leading a series of international workshops and masterclasses, for students and teachers, in the Netherlands, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
ASK ME ANYTHING PREVIEWS AT LIVE THEATRE THIS JULY
Our brand-spanking new show Ask Me Anything is now on sale. Have you ever wanted to ask something really important, embarrassing, private, mundane? If you could ask anything about growing up, what would it be? Welcome to the 90s, a place of house phones, pen pals and dial up internet. A time where problem pages in magazines taught teenage girls, like us, about the world. Building on the immersive and intimate nature of Mobile (2016) Ask Me Anything is a collaboration with singer/songwriter Rosie Doonan about finding your voice and being heard. Set in a multitude of teenage bedrooms, Ask Me Anything is an immersive, 360, theatrical experience. From Jackie to Just Seventeen, teenagers have been turning to agony aunts and problem pages for centuries; but now, with the world at their fingertips and 3.5 billion daily searches on Google alone, is there anything young people don’t know (or can’t find out)? We asked teenagers to write to us and ask us anything. Nothing is off limits. This show is our reply. With music, movement and mayhem we explore what it means to grow up in 2019. It looks at what we can teach the next generation and, more importantly, what they can teach us. Ask Me Anything previews at Live Theatre (Newcastle) on 11 – 13 July. Tickets are just £6-£8 and can be bought online at www.live.org.uk or by calling the box office on 0191 232 1232.
THIRSTY 2019/20 SCHOOLS' TOUR
Following the success of our Thirsty tour to over 50 schools, colleges and universities (Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019), we are bringing Thirsty back to schools.
Available for to book from October 2019 – January 2019.
Included in the Thirsty package is a show + workshop, with Resource Pack, video and post show Q&A. Get in touch now to secure your date!
THIRSTY TOURS TO OVER 50 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE UK
We’ve just begun our UK tour of Thirsty to over 50 schools across the UK. We’ll be touring throughout October to December 2018 and from January to February 2019. Fusing music, verbatim and stunning physical theatre, Thirsty examines binge drinking culture in the UK; lost memories, gained traumas, tales of bruised knees, uncontrollable laughter and sore heads. If you’d like to book our Thirsty performance and workshop package for your school, college or university do get in touch quick as dates are now strictly limited! To find out more drop Melanie an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A NEW BIRD JOINS OUR NEST
We’re really excited to announce that the brilliant Georgie Coles has joined The Paper Birds team as our new Creative Learning Associate. You may have seen Georgie in our show Mobile or participated in one of the awesome workshop sessions she’s run for us. Georgie has worked with us as a performer and workshop facilitator since 2014 and we’re really happy to have her on the team! She’ll be looking after our Creative Learning programme whilst Kylie is off on maternity.
GOLDFISH BOWL LONDON PREMIERE
We are excited to announce that we will be premiering our new collaboration this summer at the fabulous Battersea Arts Centre! A thrilling mix of spoken word, theatre, music, projection mapping and illustration based on the life and works of Caleb Femi – young people’s poet laureate for London. At 18 years old, recovering from a gunshot wound, Caleb sat in a hospital bed reading Frankenstein. Goldfish Bowl tells the story as to how and why this book, and this moment in his past, changed his future. With live music from rapper and producer Lex Amor and illustrations by Olivia Twist, Goldfish Bowl interrogates the many small, but defining moments that make up a life. BUY TICKETS A collaboration between The Paper Birds theatre company and Caleb Femi. Funded by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Roundhouse and The Albany.
NEW PRODUCER JOINS OUR NEST
We are very lucky to have the lovely Charlotte Gregory to join our team as Senior Producer. Charlotte has worked in the theatre industry as both a performer and producer, having worked in the past with Stan’s Cafe and Vamos Theatre. We are of course very sad to say goodbye to the very brilliant Bonnie Mitchell who has been our producer for the past four years. We wish Bonnie all the best of luck as she takes on a full time role at her company The Wrong Crowd.
CATALYST Arts Council Grant
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s Catalyst fund. The fund is to enable arts organisations to create a more resilient arts and culture sector. In real terms, this means we will have support to grow our in-house fundraising capacity, enabling us to provide more opportunities for participation in communities throughout the UK, to develop the NEST strand of our work with emerging artists, and to develop skills throughout our organisation in creating a more sustainable future for ourselves in years to come. Well done to our brilliant producer Bonnie Mitchell for securing the grant! See the full list of awards here: Catalyst Small Grants Awards
THIRSTY 2018/19 SCHOOLS' TOUR
Following the success of our 2017 revival of In a Thousand Pieces to tour specifically to schools and universities, we are planning a revival of our 2011 hit show ‘Thirsty’. Available for schools, colleges and universities to book from November 2018 – February 2019, we are now seeking expressions of interest from venues. Included in the Thirsty package is a show + workshop, with Resource Pack, video and post show Q&A. Get in touch now to secure your date! email@example.com
This Autumn we began research and development for a new show in collaboration with Leeds based singer/songwriter Rosie Doonan. Supported by Live Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth, we spent 3 weeks developing ideas and presenting our work in show-backs held in Live Theatre’s Studio Theatre and Theatre Royal’s Lab. Huge thanks goes out to the two venues for hosting us and of course to ACE for funding the project. We hope to have some dates on the calendar soon to develop the piece further in the new year. Watch this space!