With thanks to our many contributors and performers including:
Nicholas Rawling – Artistic Director and Puppeteer
Born and raised in Dorset from 1973, Nicholas Rawling attended the local art college first specialising in graphic design (Bpcad) followed by a foundation course at Shelly Park, Bournemouth. He then went on to study fine art at Canterbury (kiad) before wondering off into the world in 1996. Between wanderings Nic worked, amongst other jobs, as a graphic designer, printmaker, gardener and conservationist. In 2004 he started developing what would become The Paper Cinema along with Imogen and Chris.
Imogen Charleston – Movement Director and Puppeteer
Imogen grew up on the Dorset coast, with a very creative family that encouraged her to draw, work with clay and play music. After leaving school she went to study at Shelly Park Art College. Imogen then went on to complete an apprenticeship in electronics seeking out creativity in a career. With a BA in Applied Arts, Imogen works in many mediums including ceramics, photography and screen printing and is also a musician, playing bass and trumpet. This multidisciplinary approach has been key to the development and synesthetic performance techniques of The Paper Cinema’s unique live animation style.
Christopher Reed – Musical Director
Chris is a musician and composer from the South West, he studied jazz and composition in Newcastle before working as a music teacher. A guitar player and multi-instrumentalist who uses electronics to create rhythm and texture, his compositional style is informed by a musical journey that has included jazz groups, symphony orchestras, americana, japanese hip hop, guitar pop, electronica, improvisation and live soundtracks.
To date, Chris has collaborated on six scores for The Paper Cinema and has also produced music and sound design for Bristol Old Vic, The Carriageworks Leeds, PRS Sound Foundation, Channel 4 and Future Shorts.
Hazel Mills – Piano and Electronics
Hazel is a Bristol based musician and songwriter. Since deviating from 10 years of classical training in piano and voice, Hazel has developed a passion for wonky analog synths, 60s Krautrock, 80s drum machines and live looping/sampling. Whilst studying Performing Arts at The University of Birmingham she developed an interest in the American Minimalism of Steve Reich and Morton Feldman. These influences are evident in her solo releases, and in the work of her new band Adding Machine.
An ongoing member of Andy Mackay & The Metaphors (the Roxy Music sax player’s solo project), Hazel has also collaborated with the likes of Damon Minchella (Paul Weller/Ocean Colour Scene) and Mark Ayres (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop).
Quinta – Violin and Saw
Quinta’s dad gave her this name when she was a baby. She was the fifth of five children and a girl. He was a teacher of Latin and Greek, and filled the mini and wonder-eyed Quinta in on all things Homer as she grew. It was only a matter of time and a fair wind before Quinta found her way to The Paper Cinema and its production of The Odyssey, for which she co-wrote the music. Quinta is a multi-instrumentalist, solo artist, composer, session player and general mischief-maker based in London. Quinta’s current and previous live/recording projects include Collectress, Philip Selway, Bat for Lashes, Marques Toliver, Penguin Cafe, and Patrick Wolf. She also composes for TV, film and theatre, is co-founder of Music in Detention, and is a long-term collaborator and fan of Music in Prisons.
Is a London based Musician/Sound Artist working mainly in the field of Electronic Music Composition and Laptop Performance. He started his career in a group, Brothers in Sound, signing to Regal Records and BMG publishing. Releasing three EPs and one LP and toured internationally. He regularly performs with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, a group that fuses DIY electronic circuitry and live performance, recently appearing as part of the Tribute to Stockhausen series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and concerts with the Japanese Noise Artist Merzbow in Birmingham and Leicester. He has also composed music for several theatre productions including Clockwork Orange (York Theatre Royal), The Red Room (C Central, Edinburgh Fringe) and Pool (No Water)(York Student Theatre) and have provided music for several short films including In Memory and Lost at Sea by filmmaker Tom Tilliard-Haines, which have featured ininternational film festivals, (Raindance in London, Clermont-Ferrand in France and Kassel in Germany).
Rhys Thomas – Production Manager
Rhys is a freelance production manager and lighting designer based in London. He studied mechanical engineering at Warwick University, where he also spent time learning the technical aspects of theatre. Rhys has worked at Edinburgh Fringe and with several touring companies including Curious Directive.
Jo Walker – Sound Technician
Jo Walker is a young London based Sound Designer. He has recently graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA (Hons) Theatre Practice: Theatre Sound. He is a multi-instrumentalist and specialises in devised work. His recent shows include: “After the Rainfall” by Curious Directive performed at the “Edinburgh Fringe Festival”, “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash” by Ovation performed at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, “In The Image Of You” by Curious Directive performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and “Your Last Breath” by Curious Directive performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on tour.