The Paper Architect

A site-specific theatre piece and accompanying workshop series exploring the craft of paper cutting.

The Paper Architect is the story of a lonely man who longs for a life he never lived. Secluded in his workshop, he builds intricate paper models that become vessels for his eccentric dreams and melancholic memories.

The housing of The Paper Architect in a small shop in the heart of Leytonstone marks an exciting development in the McGuires’ work, as it provides them an opportunity to create an intimate and unique performance, to reach new audiences and a more collaborative way of creating and exhibiting their work.

Family papercraft workshops also formed part of a related programme and the McGuires have designed a prototype lotus flower that children can easily make in workshops and in schools. The resulting personalised flowers were be gathered, culminating in a site-specific installation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over the opening weekend in July 2013.

This production, staged in the Leytonstone Library, ran throughout July 2013 to sold out audiences. Age guidance 14+

Created by Davy & Kristin McGuire. Co-written by Tom Wainwright

Co-produced by the Barbican in association with the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.

The Paper Architect was co-commissioned with the Barbican and the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust and was supported by Legacy Trust UK, as well as the London Legacy Development Corporation and Arts Council England.