The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

A silent film is created before your eyes, accompanied by a captivating live score performed and written by The Paper Cinema musicians. Immersing yourself 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. Homer’s cornerstone of literature ‘The Odyssey’ is vividly told with beautiful illustration and masterful puppetry. Cinematic projection and cunning tricks transform a suitcase full of cut out puppets into an array of living characters and striking landscapes.


  • 11 - 13 September 2014, Shanghai Grand Theatre
  • 16 - 17 September 2014, Wuhan Zhongnan Theatre
  • 19 - 20 September 2014, Guangzhou Opera Housee
  • 23 - 25 September 2014, Beijing Donggong Theatre
  • 27 - 28 September 2014, Nanjing University Gulou Campus


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 skilfully 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 the Paper Cinema’s most recent work.

Master workshop/Lecture: a precious class for film and theatre artists

• What’s the most important element of this totally different piece work?
• How did we achieve this?
• What’s the core of our creative concepts and where does the 7 years’ perseverance come from?

Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 

Co-organised by British Council China and Beijing 707 N-Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 takes place in China from September to November 2014.

The British Council's Edinburgh Showcase is a biennial showcase of contemporary UK performance, featuring some of the most outstanding productions made in the UK.

Selected from the Edinburgh Showcase 2013, four plays will tour to China in the autumn of 2014. These plays include Odyssey by the Paper Cinema; Missing by the Gecko ; and I, Malvolio. What Happens To the Hope at the End of the Night by the man dubbed as the king of Scottish Theatre, Tim Crouch, is the final play in the showcase. 

These four plays will introduce the unique creativity and diverse vision of UK theatre productions to Chinese audiences. An exciting range of activities including master classes, workshops and lectures will be held alongside the festival in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and Nanjing. It promises to be a real feast for theatre fans! 

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