The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

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. Accompanied by a live soundtrack, intricate pen and ink illustrations are skilfully manipulated in real-time in front of a video camera and projected onto the big screen. Sitting in full view of the audience, the puppeteers and musicians work to a precise choreography that is as engrossing to watch as the story being played out above them. With a readily transferrable DIY aesthetic, the company has performed in a diverse range of venues from village halls and arts centres to major film festivals and museums.

Following their critically acclaimed show The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, the company reimagines Macbeth as a cautionary tale for our times. With typical charm, wit and invention the company takes its audience on a on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes to encounter storms, battles, betrayal and murderous plot. Shakespeare’s tragedy is brought to life as beautifully drawn puppets, evocative music, Foley sound and cinematic projection combine in a captivating silent film created before your eyes.

In the press

“An epic, imaginative voyage” Time Out (on Odyssey)

” …any production by this small British company is bound to be something special” The Times (on Odyssey)

Production details

  • Director

    Nicholas Rawling
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage
  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

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

    8m x 8m (flat stage with raked seating is required)
  • Text-based

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

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Dome, KingDome
  • Production dates

    22-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    75 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Rosie Scudder
    Senior Producer, Touring

    +44 (0)20 7326 8262
    +44 (0)7814 329 842


The Paper Cinema have a great deal of experience offering supporting activities whilst on tour. The company are expert workshop leaders, and regularly lead sessions for a variety of groups including school children aged 10+, students studying animation, art, theatre or film, and mixed groups of adults. Workshops incorporate group work, drawing, simple narrative and storyboarding, puppet design and manipulation, sound effects/foley and music direction. The company are also experienced facilitating post-show Q&A's.