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The Paper Cinema's Macbeth (Streaming 17th September 2022)

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On the 17th September 2022 we will present an intimate and close-up film version of our acclaimed live show in which Shakespeare’s tragedy is interpreted WITHOUT TEXT!!

... a feat of mechanics and human effort which would be impressive on its own, but it’s made more noteworthy that the story of Macbeth is depicted as precisely as it is.  The Stage****

This digital presentation of our most recent acclaimed show; a re-imagining of Macbeth without any text, takes you on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes to encounter storms, battles, betrayal and a murderous plot. Shakespeare’s tragedy is brought to life with beautifully drawn puppets, evocative music, foley and cinematic projection in a captivating live film created before your eyes!

The 69-minute feature has been carefully designed to give audiences the experience of watching The Paper Cinema in real-time. It uses multiple cameras to give different perspectives of the work and is shot on location to enhance the storytelling; it is an artistic work itself, not simply a film of a performance.

With not a word spoken, The Paper Cinema crafts a fine example of Shakespeare’s quintessential work... This isn’t just theatre, but a love letter to animated process ***** The Skinny 

Having previously avoided trying to capture The Paper Cinema on screen - for fear of what is lost in translation, our hand was forced during the pandemic as a long-planned tour to Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia had to be cancelled. Our partners The Hong Kong Arts festival were keen for us to present the piece and we agreed to produce a film! Documented beautifully by Joshua Gaunt (Citizen Nowhere) and his team in the beautiful 200-year-old Georgian Church, St George’s Bristol, we aimed to create an immersive version of the performance where the audience can focus on the performers as much as the projection screen and sound.


Artistic Director. / Illustrator. Puppeteer: N. Rawling
Musical Director. /Musician and Foley artist: Chris Reed
Musician and Foley artist: Francesca Simmons
Puppeteers: Cat V Rock and Teele Uustani

Music Composed by Chris Reed, Francesca Simmons, and Quinta

Set Design: Gary Campbell
Movement Devisors: Imogen Charleston and Irena Stratieva
Light Design: Peter Harrison
Dramaturgy: Deborah Pearson
Wind Machine: Steve Christie – Vintage Keyboard Studio
Foley Door: Sean Clark
Marching Machine: Brian O’Hara
Additional Technical Support: Enrico Aurigemma
Project Director Live and Digital: (BAC): Malu Ansaldo
Touring Producer. (BAC): Christie Hill
Production Manager: Rhys Thomas
Producer: (TPC): Kate Ward
Sound Engineer: Tom Wasley

Film Director and Editor: Joshua Gaunt

Camera Operators: Florence Pellacani
Simon Chmiewtiski
Joshua Gaunt
D/T: First AC: Ryan Francis

When making the show the company found so many parallels with recent events, early drafts even showed Macbeth signing executive orders in the style of former US President Donald Trump. In support of the people of Ukraine and those affected by megalomaniacs everywhere, the company will donate 10% of sales to Médecins Sans Frontières.



Depictions of violence and nudity, not suitable for young children - parental discretion advised


Tickets cannot be refunded once purchased