Goldfish Bowl at Battersea Arts Centre

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Off-West End - Shows

A collaboration between The Paper Birds and former Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, finds its way to Battersea Arts Centre from 30 May.
Goldfish Bowl at Battersea Arts Centre

Image: Battersea Arts Centre

A collaboration between The Paper Birds and former Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, Goldfish Bowl is a thrilling combination of spoken word, theatre, music and breathtaking illustration.

It interrogates the many small but defining moments that make up our lives.

The show is scheduled for Battersea Arts Centre from 30 May to 16 June 2018.

You can find a video about the show here.

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 highly 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.

The show's director, Jemma McDonnell, says ...

"Caleb is extraordinary in so many ways.

Beyond the fact that he is such a gifted poet, Caleb has an extraordinary story to tell.

Goldfish Bowl is a glimpse into his world, it's a totally honest, brutal, raw story told beautifully by three incredible artists.

I'm excited for people to see this show, for some it may be alien and eye opening, for others it may finally reflect their world, tell their story.

I hope it does both."

Goldfish Bowl is co-commissioned by The Albany, Battersea Arts Centre and Roundhouse, and has been made using public funding from Arts Council England.


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.

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.


Performer/Poet - Caleb Femi

Performer/Rapper/DJ - Lex Amor


Director: Jemma McDonnell
Designer: Rebecca Wood
Lighting: Joe Price
Sound: Shane Durrant
Visual effects: The Media Workshop (AV design)
Production: The Paper Birds


Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill
SW11 5TN


From: Wednesday 30 May 2018

Closed: Saturday 16 June 2018


Standard: £10 advance, £12.50 on the door


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