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: education@thepaperbirds.com.

Posted 20.09.19


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!


Posted 02.09.19


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

Posted 01.02.19


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 melanie@thepaperbirds.com.

Posted 24.10.18


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.

Posted 10.07.18


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 FrankensteinGoldfish 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. 

Posted 15.03.18


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.

Posted 15.02.18

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

Posted 19.01.18


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! education@thepaperbirds.com

Posted 19.01.18


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!

Posted 31.10.17