The Paper Birds Theater Company
The Paper Birds Theatre Company


The School of Hope (TSoH) is a digital, multi-artform project, for young creatives aged 13-25. It is based on the theme of empathy.

TSoH delves into what makes us care about other people, especially those who may be very different to us.

It encourages young people to be socially and politically engaged and aims to address the isolation many have experienced during the pandemic, increasing a sense of purpose and levels of empathy.

Through TSoH, young creatives experience a world of different voices, opinions, viewpoints and lived experiences. The project encourages debate, dialogue and connections, platforming young people as artists in their own right.

TSoH provides a vehicle for the young participants’ art, and for them to share their vision for their future and that of the generations to come.

The Paper Birds commissioned 4 exceptional British artists to each create a bespoke filmic artwork on the theme of empathy; along with the company’s own original artwork, these sit at the heart of the TSoH online programme. The Company also collaborated with academics to shape the project and measure its impact. 9 Partner Organisations and over 150 young people from 5 countries are engaged in TSoH across Summer 2021, undertaking tasks, discussions, and activities, before creating their own artworks in response.

In Autumn 2021 we will premiere a short film, which will encapsulate and celebrate all the young creatives’ artworks, sharing their views on our world.