Map of Me

Map of Me was a powerful, lyrical spoken word show exploring the experiences of young female asylum-seekers, for audiences aged 13+. This Papertale production, written and performed by prize-winning poets Rosemary Harris and Azfa Awad, was funded in 2015 by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.

In partnership with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes South East, Map of Me was the third show in Papertale's Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word shows for young people exploring migration, and followed on from the success of A Roo in My Suitcase and One Way Ticket

Watch Azfa and Rosemary interviewed at Half Moon about the show's development and themes.


Half Moon performance
LV21 Photo Gary Weston
Half Moon performance

Selected for Top 10 Shows of 2015

Children's Theatre Reviews


Children's Theatre Reviews

Arts Award Voice

Audience responses

It was really expressive of how immigrants feel – I think poetry allowed this. (Hastings audience member, aged 14)

I like everything. It’s different to other plays but in a good way. I loved it. I think a lot of people will relate to this and love to see it. (Oxford audience member, 14)

It was very inspiring and it evoked deep thoughts about situations where children are having a really hard and unfair life compared to people in London. (London audience member, 14)

It was really eye opening and quite entertaining because it went against stereotypes & showed deeper meaning. Thank you! It was very fabulous. (Hastings audience member, aged 15)