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The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

“Expressively drawn”

Paper Cinema has condensed Shakespeare’s most accessible (and sensational) tragedy to a 75-minute run, using their signature multimedia style.

Entirely wordless but accompanied beautifully by Christopher Reed and Francesca Simmons with a score which feels as earthy and tactile as the play itself, this Macbeth is one of broad (pen)strokes.

The expressively drawn hand puppets are devised and operated with absolute precision, and it’s a refreshingly nasty take too, with copious amounts of hand-drawn gore and nudity, as well as a good dose of self-reflexive humour which winks at puppetry’s inevitable limits.

There’s a certain magic to watching the film onscreen alongside the puppeteers and musicians working tirelessly below – a dual reality emerges, where the audience must hold both images in mind simultaneously.

Both mediums are fascinating to watch, and it’s a testament to the company’s meticulousness that not a beat is missed. It’s 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.

Certain nuances of the plot are omitted, but it’s a worthwhile sacrifice considering the eerie atmosphere conjured. It feels, ultimately, like a heartfelt ode to the imaginative potential of theatre and film.

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Production Details
Production nameThe Paper Cinema's Macbeth
VenueBattersea Arts Centre
StartsOctober 9, 2018
EndsOctober 27, 2018
Running time1hr 15mins
CreatorCatherine Rock, Imogen Charleston, Irena Stratieva, Nicholas Rawling, Teele Uustani
ComposerChristopher Reed, Francesca Simmons
Set designerGary Campbell
Lighting designerPeter Harrison
CastCatherine Rock, Imogen Charleston, Irena Stratieva, Nicholas Rawling, Teele Uustani
Production managerMitch Hargreaves
ProducerBattersea Arts Centre, Paper Cinema
VerdictA meticulously executed, vivid adaptation of Shakespeare’s play using puppetry and live music
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