“immense skill…ingeniously effective” The Times ★★★★
"a delicately executed piece, which is bound to delight" Telegraph ★★★★
“an epic, imaginative voyage” Time Out ★★★★
“ingenious retelling of Homer’s Story” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Raging storms and supernatural forces prevail over one man’s almighty quest to get home. Immerse yourself in a journey through the high seas, soak up the adventure and encounter danger and exhilaration.
Homer’s cornerstone of literature 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. A silent film is created before your eyes, set to a captivating live score from exceptional musicians.
About the story…
Nine years after the end of the Trojan War the King, Odysseus, has still not returned home. In his absence, his house has been besieged by suitors who are after his crown, wife and lands. Away for 20 years, rumours of his death abound. Why isn’t he back? When will he be home? And will Penelope be able to keep the wolves at bay? These questions are in the hands of the Gods.
The show is an interpretive live performance based on Homers’ The Odyssey, using hand-drawn paper puppets that are brought to life through live cinema. The action is performed to originally scored music, performed and written by The Paper Cinema musicians. The Paper Cinema perform a unique form of live animation and music. Founded in 2004 by Nicholas Rawling, with Imogen Charleston and Christopher Reed, they tour bespoke pieces around Britain and internationally.
The company uses the language of animation, music, film and theatre to lead the viewer through a variety of stories. Intricate pen and ink illustrations are manipulated in real-time in front of a live video camera and projected onto the big screen alongside the performed music, which is integral to the work.