Company Paradiso

"We enable people to tell their stories"

Company Associate: John Hegley


We are a Charity, number 1130701, that listens to people and helps them to understand their own story and develop positive identity. We do this through projects involving creativity, writing and performance, see PROJECTS. We have led projects with children in care, youth groups, and people with mental health issues over the last 19 years. We have also produced plays, books and radio dramas, see Listen Again. Our 20th anniversary is next year!


The 'Blame' project

This year we have become fascinated by the subject of 'blame'. How can we get around, over, under or just turn away from this state? We are running drama and life story workshops with children in care and children excluded from school. At the same time we are devising a new stage drama to explore this theme with 3 professional actors.


The Generation Game

See Listen Again for clips from our partnership with BBC Radio Sussex, which includes many wonderful conversations and bits of sage advice on communication between generations. Funding for this project came from National Lottery Awards for All, Sussex Community Fund and the Foyle Foundation, and enabled a range of people to take part in the project who might not otherwise been able to do so.


Warning: May Contain Nuts!

You can order a copy of 'Warning: May Contain Nuts!' the Book by visiting our Shop section. From there you can also purchase a copy of our DVD which features performances from the production at The Dome Studio, Brighton.

To read more about the book, please see Review.


Mad Girl


Fifteen year old Rose hears voices. Mostly she gets along with them ok, but when her real Dad turns up out of the blue to take her away for the weekend, things get completely out of control. This radio 4 drama is created by Company Paradiso and Phil Gladwin, written by Phil Gladwin and directed by Mary Peate. It has sprung out of a project that listened to people with mental health issues, and in this case people who hear voices.

Listen Here


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