The Search for a Black-browed Albatross

Coat? Check. Tent? Check. A father’s lifelong ambition to complete? Check.

Charlie is about to embark on the journey that her late father never did. She is off to find the one bird that had eluded him, to rekindle their lost relationship.

A beautiful, joyous, handmade adventure with puppetry, music, and a girl that just really wants to see a bird.

Part of INCOMING Festival, a co-production between A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre in association with HOME.


The Backpack Ensemble aims to make theatre that is generous, joyful and handmade.

We believe that creativity is not limited by resources and that creating work that is sustainable does not mean that it is restricted. We believe there is a magic in conjuring performances from our backpacks.

We care about storytelling and make the kind of theatre that we want to watch. We seek to explore and express the thoughts and feelings that we encounter and otherwise struggle to articulate.


"Enchanting performances, shadow puppetry and song." The Sunday Time

"Turns the mundane into the magical." Noises Off

“Delightful." Mark Shenton - The Stage

The Sunday Times Playwriting Award Winner 
Buzz Goodbody Director Award Winner
National Student Drama Festival Festgoer's Award

Twitter: @TheBackpackEns


INCOMING is a festival celebrating the best-emerging theatre companies from across the UK, co-curated by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Across 10 days INCOMING showcases 20 companies as well as a series of workshops and discussions. And this year we are delighted to be partnering with HOME in Manchester, to present the festival across the two cities. / @IncomingFest / #IncomingFestival

INCOMING Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund.