Paperback Theatre is a West Midlands based company. We’re interested in the stories we tell now, those we choose to remember and why we keep telling them again and again. We are a playful and collaborative company dedicated to creating the most entertaining and provocative work we can.
Paperback Theatre was formed by University of Warwick graduates in 2016. We toured our hit show “We Need to Talk About Bobby (off EastEnders)” (★★★★ Broadway Baby) to the Edinburgh Fringe, The King’s Head Theatre and the Space Arts Centre, London.
In 2019, we produced our new satirical Rom-Com, Me and My Doll. After enjoying a succesful run at The Old Joint Stock, the show was picked up by the theatre for a co-production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We were due to tour the show national in 2020, but this was cancelled due to the pandemic. In our usual resilient way we responded by creating an online version with Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton and later toured the show to Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle and Coventry City of Culture.
Alongside this in the summer of 2020, Paperback produced Little but LIVE! in Moseley Park as a response to the Covid-19 crisis. A small outdoor festival with a socially distanced audience, Little but LIVE! was an experiment in how we can continue to find connection, even at a distance. As well as producing our own version of Romeo and Juliet (**** Behind the Arras), we were joined by a huge range of brilliant local acts from Dhol Drumming group Eternal Taal, to The Reggaelators, to Box of Frogs Improv.
After the success of the festival in 2020, we returned in to Moseley Park in 2021 for the second Little but LIVE! including our brand new raucous and sweet adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. We later performed The Wind in the Willows (★★★★ The Reviews Hub) at The Assembly Festival Gardens, as part of Coventry City of Culture, enjoying sell out performances throughout the run.
As a company passionate about developing work and playing with ideas we have also performed a number of scratches and in development pieces at the Wolverhampton Arena, The Shoebox Theatre in Swindon and back at the Old Joint Stock.
We are delighted to announce we will be touring The Wind in the Willows throughout Summer 2022. If you are interested in booking the show for your venue please email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a chat with the Paperback team, or have a look at our tour pack below.
“A fresh, young company, with wit, imagination and unshakeable confidence. Their shows are hilarious and touching in equal measure.”
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
View our The Wind in the Willows tour pack here...