The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

The Paper Cinema and Battersea Arts Centre Co-Production


Founded in 2004 by Nicholas Rawling with Imogen Charleston and Christopher Reed, The Paper Cinema creates unique, magical performances that combine the languages of animation, music, film and theatre to lead the viewer through a variety of stories. Intricate pen and ink illustrations are skillfully manipulated in real-time in front of a live video camera and projected onto the big screen alongside live music, which is integral to the work. With a readily transferrable DIY aesthetic, the company has performed in a diverse range of venues from village halls to major film festivals, arts centres and museums.

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is a vivid reinvention of Homer’s cornerstone of literature, staged with the company’s trademark beautiful illustration and masterful puppetry. Cinematic projection and cunning tricks transform a suitcase full of cutout puppets into an array of living characters and striking landscapes that Odysseus encounters as he returns home from the Trojan War. Immersing the audience in a dangerous and exhilarating journey through the high seas, The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is a magical and resourceful piece of storytelling for all ages that frames Homer’s classic myth in a totally new and highly imaginative way.

In the press

“immense skill…ingeniously effective” The Times

"a delicately executed piece, which is bound to delight""a delicately executed piece, which is bound to delight" The Telegraph

Production details

  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Transit van up to 500 kilos for Europe and three large suitcases for the rest of the world

  • Touring Availability

    Autumn 2013- Spring 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    7m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Main Hall, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Production dates

    17 – 25 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1415 – 1530
  • Duration

    75 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity

    150 approx


  • Address

    Battersea Arts Centre
    Lavender Hill
    London SW11 5TN

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7326 8262 or +44 (0)7708 693590
  • Email;
  • Contact for touring

    Katie Roberts (BAC) or Nic Rawling (The Paper Cinema)

Additional productions

King Pest, Night Flyer, The Lost World, East, The Rock Charmer