The Paper Cinema

In thinking about how to develop the flat-stage I was reminded of The Paper Cinema’s production of The Odyssey. In a modern interpretation of the traditional shadow puppet theatre, the audience sit behind the puppeteers who use a live camera-feed to film different arrangements of paper and card to tell the story. It is most successful as a live performance as, though you are essentially watching the projected live film feed, seeing the manipulation of the paper and card characters and the crude lighting effects (for example a desk lamp is switched on and off a few times to create a lightening storm) is all part of the experience. As “backstage” has physically moved in front of the screen the traditional hierarchy of the theatre stage becomes ambiguous. Quite hard to explain, but they have a trailer for the performance on the link here


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