Happy Birthday Without You - Edinburgh Fringe 2015

PaperMash are raising funds to help take our award winning comedy Happy Birthday Without You to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this Summer

We did it!

On 15th Jun 2015 we successfully raised £4,313 of £3,000 target with 84 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Due to your incredible generosity and support of this project, we have smashed our initial target of £3,000!

We want to make this production the biggest and best that it can be so the fundraising doesn't stop here. All additional money raised through this campaign will go towards enhancing our set and marketing campaign - meaning we can spread the message and get even more people through the doors to see a truly spectacular show. 

By funding this project, you are investing in us as a company. The bigger and better the show in Edinburgh, the more people will hear about us, helping us launch ourselves as a company to watch, and allowing us to continue developing and making new exciting work to tour across the UK and beyond in the future.

We already have two incredibly exciting projects in the pipeline - and we'll keep all of our supporters updated about what we are up to.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You are marvellous people.




Hello! Thanks for dropping by!

About Us

We are PaperMash Theatre. We are a company of two, we are one year old and we are very excited to be taking our award-winning show Happy Birthday Without You to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. But to do this, we need your help! We need to raise £3,000 towards our total project costs of £7,500 (scroll down if you want to know exactly where this money will be going) to be able to take our show to Edinburgh. 

This is an exciting opportunity to support a new company with a show that has already proven it has the potential to become a huge hit. Any donations will make a huge difference in our ability to deliver this project.

Please email us at papermashtheatre@gmail.com or follow us on twitter @PaperMashT for updates.

The Show

Happy Birthday Without You is a hilarious, award-winning comedy with lipstick, slapstick and a whole lot of Shirley Bassey. The show explores a growing cultural obsession with autobiography through the fictional performance artist Violet Fox. Violet Fox is a live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. Today is a celebration of every birthday. And you’re invited. In ‘Happy Birthday Without You’ Violet tells the story of her complicated relationship with her mega diva mother.  Bring beer and bunting and come on a journey through her childhood of pop tarts, Patti Smith and second hand smoke.* *Warning: people usually cry.

Critical Response

★★★★★ - The Good Review     ★★★★★ - Kilburn Herald

★★★★1/2 – The Public Reviews   ★★★★- London Theatre


‘Jalaly brings to the Tricycle Theatre an energy to be envied, and certainly not to be missed.

Here’s hoping for a tour!’ – A Younger Theatre


Winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ Award 2014 – Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

Who's on board?

We are very excited to announce that the Tricycle Theatre have teamed up with PaperMash Theatre to co-present the show in Edinburgh, offering us invaluable support and expertise along the way.

The Venue

is currently a secret...although we can tell you that they are a highly respected and established company (and we're very excited to be there with them)! Keep checking this page for announcements, or donate to sign up for exclusive news and updates!

The Team

Sonia Jalaly- Actor & Writer

Sonia trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Happy Birthday Without You is her second solo show.  Her acting credits include: Things Will Never Be The Same Again (Tricycle Theatre), Bacchai (Central School of Speech and Drama), The Broken Heart (CSSD), Honey Blood (The Lowry), Apparition (The Portico Library), A Preoccupation with Romance (Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Fringe), and Tilley (RNCM).

Ruby Thompson- Director

Ruby trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she met Sonia. Her directing credits include: Boxes (Contact Compacts), Once a Catholic (Burlington Rooms), Green Forms (The John Thaw Studio), No.2 Laburnum Grove and Make Do and Mend (University of Manchester).

Lise Bell- Producer

Lise has an established track record for creating innovative, commercially successful work. As a Creative Producer, Lise sources and workshops new scripts and has worked as a Dramaturg on Happy Birthday Without You.  Her previous work includes: Blind Date/27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Riverside Studios), Bedroom Farce (SUDS), The Love of the Nightingale (SUDS).

The Rewards

By backing this project, you are investing in the future of our company. You will become our first supporters, and our most favourite! 

Rewards include a ticket to our FUNDRAISER NIGHT on 4th JUNE : An evening of cabaret, magic, drunk Disney princesses, and even a chance to meet Violet Fox! The night will be hosted at Battersea Barge in Vauxhall from 7pm.

It's going to be a cracker of an evening - we'd love to see you there!

NB : Make sure to choose the reward that includes the Fundraiser ticket if you want to come!

The Money Bit

Happy Birthday Without You has so far gone down a treat in Manchester and in London so we can’t wait to send Violet Fox packing up to Edinburgh to see what the Fringe punters make of her.

To do this we need your help. All donations will go such a long way so thank you so much in advance for all of your support.

We're a resourceful bunch, and have already worked hard to secure over half the production costs, and in kind support for the production, including:

- Rehearsal space

- PR Support

We are now looking to raise the final £3,000 which will go towards:

Set- We need to raise funds to go towards the materials, build, and props for the set, to make the space as slick and high tech as possible.

Travel and Accomodation - We're not asking for luxury - we will be sharing one room in Edinburgh, and your money will help pay for one month's rent.

Marketing - Is one of the most important elements of any budget, particularly when on the Fringe. With expert support from the Tricycle Theatre, we will be investing in a strong marketing campaign, including design and print of flyers and posters, a street team to help spread the word, and PR stunts across Edinburgh through the run.

For a full breakdown of our budget, or if you have any questions at all, then please email our producer Lise at papermashtheatre@gmail.com who is ready and waiting to help!

If we raise any less than our target, we won’t get any of it, so we really need your help! Thanks for taking the time to read about our project - please help us spread the word! 


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