Ask Me Anything
Created & Presented by The Paper Birds
Co-Produced with Live Theatre
Music by Rosie Doonan
A loud, live, love song, to not having it all figured out.
We asked young people, living in today’s world of mobile phones and google, to write to us and ask us anything. Nothing was off limits. We received over 100 letters from young people across the UK. This show is our reply.
Inspired by the magazine problem pages we read growing up in the 90s and 00s (anyone remember Smash Hits?!), in Ask Me Anything The Paper Birds become the agony aunts. The show explores what young people think, want and worry about today and what different generations can learn from each other.
Ask Me Anything is a new, immersive theatrical experience, from multi-award winners The Paper Birds, whose previous shows include Mobile, Thirsty and In a Thousand Pieces.
Set in our teenage 90s and 00s bedrooms, Ask Me Anything features cutting edge digital artistry, The Paper Birds' unique brand of mischief and mayhem, and original live music from celebrated singer-songwriter Rosie Doonan.
This is a show for teenagers, parents, grandparents, and everyone in between, who, like us, are still figuring it all out.
So, take off your shoes, pull up a cushion, and come on in.Book Now
The Paper Birds is a devising theatre company, with a social and political agenda. We are recognised as UK leaders in verbatim theatre. We’re artists, investigators, entrepreneurs, educators. We pride ourselves on taking complex, multi-faceted subjects and making them accessible. We have an artistic programme and a creative learning programme and nurture both equally.
Our vision is to provoke change, one encounter at a time. Our mission is to be quiet rebels, amplifying the voices of everyday people. We inspire change through the theatre we create.
We are story collectors. We spend time in communities, listening to personal experiences. The words of the people we meet form the backbone of our shows, giving voice to the voiceless, painting powerful and very human alternative social commentaries. Our desire to listen, to understand and then ‘give voice’ means not only making space for the under-represented and the misunderstood, but also that our shows explore voices from all walks of life. We aim to do this in breathtaking theatrical fashion.
The Paper Birds have toured 12 shows to theatres across the UK to critical and audience acclaim. We have a prolific Creative Learning programme, delivering hundreds of workshops and touring to over 60 schools each year.Book Now
★★★★ The Stage (on Goldfish Bowl)
★★★★ “Made the hairs on my neck stand on end.” Whatsonstage (on Blind)
“A euphoric and spine-tingling experience” Exeunt (on Mobile)
★★★★ “This is theatre that is engaging and changes you” Public Reviews (on Broke)
“It would be a sin to miss this show” Broadway Baby (on Blind)
“The Paper Birds include (brilliantly) "listening" among their methods of devising a show. Deep research and intelligent sympathy have enhanced all the work of theirs I've seen.” The Observer
“The Paper Birds are expert theatre-makers. They have their own trademarks, unearthing stories on hard-hitting themes through verbatim material and subtle movement.” Total Theatre
Audience feedback from the 2019 previews of Ask Me Anything at Live Theatre:
“A rollercoaster of a show...If I could go back in time and bring my younger self to see one piece of theatre it would be Ask Me Anything. Brilliant.”
“If you work with, know, or are a young person you must see this show. If you’re an adult, know an adult, or are trying to be an adult you must see this show. Funny, moving and with an incredibly important message to tell. Don’t miss it”
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