Map of Me (2015-16)

A Papertale production for ages 13+
Toured nationally as part of Half Moon presents, 6 September 2015 – 10 March 2016

From baking African deserts to the snow angels of a UK winter, this emotional and heartfelt story of migration reveals one girl’s hopeful flight into a new life.

Map of Me - Azfa Awad-with rail outTwo very different characters find common ground within the poetry of the streets, and the audience becomes the prized confidante on a young girl’s journey, where each step towards security is fraught with danger, prejudice and the unknown.

Map of Me explored how a displaced child finds a sense of self and belonging, in a moving and uplifting show that was written from real-life experiences of young asylum seekers. It tells the story of a young girl fleeing war in her homeland as she seeks safety, identity and a place to call home.

Map of Me featured prize-winning poets and performers Azfa Awad and Rosemary Harris. It was the third work in the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, developed by Papertale.

Audience Feedback


“Very moving and thought provoking”
Slough Refugee Support Service (Feb  2016)


“You captured a very emotional and thought-provoking issue and expressed it fantastically.” Audience member, aged 15


“It was really eye-opening and entertaining because it went against stereotypes and showed deeper meaning. Thank you! It was very fabulous.” Audience member, aged 14


“It was very powerful, flowed perfectly. Thank you for allowing me to watch this brilliant performance.” Audience member, aged 14