As part of the Beyond Barbican season, a number of productions were performed in different locations around London. One such was The Paper Architect, winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013. Produced in conjunction with the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, it was created by Davy and Kristin McGuire.
This short (45 minute) performance took place in a room at the back of Leytonstone Library. The low-lit, hushed room was filled with beautiful, delicate paper sculptures – a house, a street scene, tiny models and decorations – with a backdrop of a jungle scene that became the setting for the tale.
‘Old Stamp’ (John Cording) lives in a small room and combats his loneliness by making paper sculptures. When he receives notice of eviction, he embarks on one last adventure with his tiny figurines, which come to life as if by magic, finding one another in the idyllic paper jungle.
Haunting and magical, this was a beautiful, if too short, piece. The chance to look more closely at the models afterwards was much appreciated, too.