Happy Birthday Without You

Wed 21 Jan 2015 – Sat 24 Jan 2015

Written and performed by Sonia Jalaly
Presented by PaperMash Theatre

★★★★ ‘Fantastic… Jalaly’s performance is staggering’ The Good Review

★★★★ ‘Genius… a delightfully funny hour of offbeat comedy’ The Public Reviews


Join us on the struggle of an artist desperate to be more extraordinary than her distinctly ordinary audience…

Violet Fox is an ‘award winning’ live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. Today is a celebration of every birthday. And you’re invited. Bring beer and bunting and come on a journey through Violet’s childhood of pop tarts, Patti Smith and second hand smoke. In Happy Birthday Without You Violet tells the story of her complicated relationship with her mother through a series of birthday anecdotes, musical interludes and cake.*

A one-woman comedy based on the fictional performance artist Violet Fox exploring a growing cultural obsession with autobiography through songs, impersonations, and satire.

*Warning: people usually cry


Book for both Happy Birthday Without You and A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts in one transaction, and see both shows for just £20!


Sonia Jalaly (Actor/Writer) trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in December 2013. Happy Birthday Without You is her second solo show. She performed her first, WOT, at The John Thaw Studio in Manchester in 2011. She has also written and performed her own material at a number of cabaret nights in Manchester. Acting credits include: Bacchai (CSSD), The Broken Heart (CSSD), Honey Blood (The Lowry), Apparition (The Portico Library), Preoccupation with Romance (Edinburgh Fringe), Tilley (RNCM).

Ruby Thompson (Director) trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in December 2013. Directing credits include: Stags and Hens (UMDS), Once a Catholic (Burlington Rooms), Green Forms (The John Thaw Studio). Ruby also wrote and directed two plays collated from the war-time memories of elderly citizens of Hull and Manchester. Ruby’s acting credits include: New Tricks for the BBC, It Felt Like a Kiss (Punchdrunk, Adam Curtis, Manchester International Festival), Under the Whaleback (Hull Truck Theatre Company).

Lise Bell (Creative Producer) produces new writing that is commercially sustainable. 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), Katrina (The Bargehouse), Bedroom Farce (SUDS), The Love of the Nightingale (SUDS).

Creatives include Freyja Costelloe (Designer), Luke Pajak (Sound Designer) and Max Blackman (Lighting Designer).


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