Jabuti Theatre presents
in association with Vision Mechanics and Platform
A new visual theatre show for children aged 7+, written by Mariem Omari and directed by Rachael Macintyre.
Jabuti Theatre’s Paper Memories is an exhilarating performance for children aged 7+ about migration, identity and the power of memories. With aerial-dance, puppetry and music, we will be brought into the bright and colourful memories of Tali; a young girl arriving in Scotland with her family. The family feels strange and other and a desperate need to fit in and forget. Tali, told not to remember, slowly finds her memories crumpling and ripping before her eyes. Until her family realise that the only way to keep them together, to be a family in this new place, is to remember. Paper Memories uses captivating music and stunning visuals to bring to life memories of wedding parties, chasing chickens and dancing in the air with birds.
Created by Mariem Omari and Rachael Macintyre (Jabuti Theatre), Paper Memories takes the audience on a visual journey exploring the importance of giving children the space to be heard and how our memories make us who we are.
“…visually arresting expressive dance sequences…carefully sculpted paper puppetry…and the precision of the company’s performances create a work which transcends its roots in the ugly politics of our time to say something deep and lasting to children about grief.”
**** – David Pollock, The List
Director: Rachael Macintyre
Writer: Mariem Omari
Dramaturg / Outside Eye: Jonathan Lloyd
Movement Director: Skye Reynolds
Composers and Sound Design: Niroshini Thambar and Nik Paget-Tomlinson
Lighting Design: Simon Gane
Puppet Design and maker: Kim Bergsagel
Costume Design: Cleo Rose McCabe
Set Design: Eve Murray
Prop Maker: Alice Knight
Tali: Helen Parke
Mum: Jusztina Hermann
Dad: Nathan Johnston
Aria: Rachael Macintyre
Tour Spring 2019 – click on link to book tickets.
- Friday 29th March – 10.30am & 1.30pm: Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow
- Sunday 31st March – 2.30pm: St Boswells Village Hall, Melrose
- Monday 1st April – 12.30pm: Dundee Rep., Dundee
- Wednesday 3rd April – 11am: Macphail Centre, Ullapool
- Thursday 4th April – 11am: An Lanntair, Stornoway
- Friday 5th April – 6pm: Lyth Arts Centre, Wick
- Saturday 6th April – 3pm: Eden Court, Inverness
- Tuesday 9th April – 1.30pm: Howden Park, Livingston
- Wednesday 10th April – 11am: Kirkintilloch Town Hall, East Dunbartonshire
- Thursday 11th April – 2pm: Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh
- Saturday 13th April – 2pm: The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
- Sunday 14th April – 2pm: East Kilbride Arts Centre
- Monday 15th April – closed performance: Kinross Primary School
- Wednesday 17th April – 1.30pm: Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
- Thursday 18th April – 2pm: North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh
- Friday 19th April – 2.30pm: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
- Saturday 20th April – 2pm: Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
As part of the R&D of Paper Memories Jabuti Theatre has been running workshops with Syrian and Syrian Kurdish refugee children and families through Multi-Cultural Family Base, Edinburgh Council and Maryhill Integration Network. These workshops have been made possible by Creative Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow Life.
Rachael Macintyre also took part in the Imaginate PUSH lab on Migration at The Ark in Dublin in February 2018. This was a 10 day residency exploring the subject of migration and how we can engage with this through work with, for and about children.
The project and production is funded by Creative Scotland, with support from Imaginate during the creative development phase.
Thank you goes to Farah Saleh, Claricia Kruithof, Claire Crook and Jennifer Street.
Read about the Research and Development below
As part of a European Funded, international residency at Teatro Paraiso, in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country, Spain, Jabuti Theatre undertook the first stage of development for Paper Memories. In February 2017 Rachael Macintyre, of Jabuti Theatre, lead a two-week residency at the KunArte Innovation Centre (run by Teatro Paraiso), working with past collaborators Robbie Thomson (In Her Shadows) and Jusztina Hermann (Moonbeam on a Cat’s Ear). We began the exploration of the idea of memories and loss, combining circus, clowning and interactive technology. We also ran workshops for children and for families. At the end of the residency we performed a work-in-progress showing of the work we made.