Review: The Paper Man at Norwich Puppet Theatre

PUBLISHED: 09:08 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 18 May 2018

NNF18 - Improbable's The Paper Man.
Photo: Camilla Greenwell

NNF18 - Improbable's The Paper Man. Photo: Camilla Greenwell

Camilla Greenwell

A world premiere is always a nail-biting moment. All the more so for a company like Improbable, who (as the name suggests) rely heavily on improvisation as a way of creating their work.

Their new play, The Paper Man, takes its first steps here at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. It’s clear that the devising process has led to a piece that is completely different from the one they envisaged.

At the centre of what they thought they were doing is a story about an Austrian footballer called Matthias Sindelar. He was probably killed by the Nazis for speaking out against them. But when Vera Chok, Jess Mabel Jones, Anna-Maria Nabirye and Adrienne Quartly get their hands on the material, it spins out into tales of their own heroic efforts to stand up against oppression.

Unexpected, but still good.

Eve Stebbing

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