The paper man
What do we do when fascism comes to town?
In 1938, Austrian football star Matthias Sindelar humiliated the Nazi regime by refusing to throw a match. A few months later he was dead. Accident, suicide or execution? Inspirational little guy or yet another man and his ego? Who cares?
Middle aged, white British, Football addict-in-recovery, Lee Simpson wants answers. He hires some women to make a show about football, Nazis, and our future.
In a paper world of light and shadow, violence and dance, five performers work together on what sets them apart.
Designer / Sophia Clist
Lighting / Colin Grenfell
Sound / Adrienne Quartly
Puppetry director / Steve Tiplady
Director / Tanuja Amarasuriya
“Laying bare the layers of society, of patriarchy and white privilege, The Paper Man playfully questions predominant narratives and power structures.”
“The old models. it’s made clear, will no longer hold.”
“This show is so full of moments that make you squirm, and think, and rethink. It’s theoretically about football, but at its heart is the idea of giving up space.”
“Wholly unremarkable tales about growing up amongst football obsessed lads that were delivered with infinitely more charm and wit in Gregory's Girl 40 years ago.”
“Some might say it was chaos, and maybe it was; but it’s the kind of evocative chaos you could watch over and over again.”