The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

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Never ones to curtail their ambitions just because their main medium is the humble pen, for their first full-length show the awesome Paper Cinema opt for no less a tale than Homer's great epic of love and fidelity. Since 2004, illustrator Nicholas Rawling has been using puppets and models drawn on the back of leftover packaging to create live-soundtracked silent films that cleverly translate the language of cinema – from close-ups to panning shots – to the stage. Part of the fun of their live performances is watching Rawlings at work. Bold, beautiful, witty, tender and deeply atmospheric, this is a triumphant realisation of all they've been working towards – and pictures Odyssey's son Telemachus as a gap-year student tearing across ancient Greence on a motorbike. Genius.
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