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Edinburgh Showcase 2017: ‘The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth’ by The Paper Cinema and Battersea Arts Centre


The Paper Cinema is an ensemble
of musicians and visual makers under the pretence of making film
out of everything in front of them so you get to see us making this film live, so it’s live foley and sound and image. I think when you first come to see The Paper Cinema
it will just appear to be a nice big screen with things on stage that are hidden in the darkness. The screen comes on, the film starts,
we’re onstage starting the film, so you have that dual experience
of seeing the film being made and it is presented as a whole film,
that is what you’re looking at. So you can watch it from one angle, but then there’s
the whole tradition of making going on underneath, the puppeteering and musicianship and
us moving around and working as a team. This summer in 2017 we’re bring ‘Macbeth’ to the the
Edinburgh Showcase in all it’s dark and murky glory. It’s our second major co-production
with the Battersea Arts Centre that worked with us to get
‘The Odyssey’ together in 2012. With the telling of ‘Macbeth’ and
all Shakespeare there comes, for our medium, a very interesting challenge. It’s a challenge to take words and stage
direction and to turn that into film. It’s a chance to try and separate the words from the actual
actions that have been set down by Shakespeare but looking at the feelings and the emotions
that those characters are going through. The Paper Cinema is a very open
platform and it’s very playful so it will talk to broad sections, in terms
of the people we have it’s of all ages from young to old and to people that
know the text and don’t know the text. Because we are kind of theatrical cinema makers coming
from art backgrounds and musical backgrounds then we like playing gigs, we like playing in arts centres, we like playing outside if we can deal with
the weather, so it’s a very broad scope. The one thing we have is a vim and
enjoyment for performance and for making and entertaining and informing and shocking and all those lovely things as well, it’s a nice visceral experience.

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