When: 30th May – 16th June 2018
Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
£: Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12.50 on the door
What is it?
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 school gym. Start writing Grime lyrics. Leave school with 12 GCSEs. Begin selling drugs. Get my heart-broken by Abigail. Get stabbed. Get shot. Read a book… Change everything.
An exciting collaboration between The Paper Birds and former Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, Goldfish Bowl is a combination of spoken word, theatre, music and illustration. It interrogates the many small but defining moments that make up our lives.
At 18 years old, recovering from a gunshot wound, Femi 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 Lex Amor (rapper, producer, DJ) and illustrations by Olivia Twist, Goldfish Bowl is based on the life and works of Caleb Femi.
Equally concerned with cultural, social and political issues, The Paper Birds are an award-winning devised theatre company that create work that is conversationally urgent. Their work is inspired by creatively engaging with local communities, drawing heavily on verbatim material, giving a voice to the voiceless.
This relatable and relevant show explores Caleb Femi’s life alongside stories that matter here and now in modern Britain. In 2016, Femi was appointed as Young People’s Laureate for London with the hope that his work could re-engage disenfranchised young people. He is featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture and his commissions include the Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Guardian.
More info: www.bac.org.uk