Paper Creatures Theatre is a new London-based theatre company exploring the simple, compelling and bold stories that hold up a mirror to the Millennial generation.
It all started in a Travelodge, as all great theatre companies do!
Two actors. On tour. Classic.
Evenings after the show for these two actors would consist of mulling over life in their shared room whilst eating a 'Two for Tuesdays' Dominos Pizza, drinking draft beer from the Travelodge Bar followed by binge watching 'Friday Night Lights' on Netflix.
Talk would often turn to the love of the characters in this show: 21st century, everyday, small town people where a Friday night football game was life or death. In true actor fashion, talk THEN turned to what makes good theatre!
There seemed to be a running theme, new writing was always something that conversation would return to.
New Writing is becoming a vast growing revolution in the theatre world. Of course the classics will remain, hence why they are 'the classics'. But new stories need to be told! This was a shared view of our two actors.
Inspired by friends who have set up their own theatre companies as well as many venues across the U.K. who cater to new writing, this was something they wanted to be a part of!
The tour finished, but the ideas and discussions didn't. The Hoxton Hotel in Holborn served as the location for the first creative meeting for our two protagonists. Thoughts were shared and talks were had over glasses of The Hoxton house red.
'Why don't we set up our own New Writing Theatre company?'
And here they are....Paper Creatures Theatre! With a brand new play which will be performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre this August, as part of the Camden Fringe!
Enough of the third person narrative! Although, we hope it did add to your experience. We would like to sign out with some words from our favourite TV series 'Friday Night Lights', which we as co-founders will swear to live by when creating our work.
'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.'
Jon and Nathan
Co- Artistic Directors
The Millennial Generation - Our stories
The term 'Millennials' generally refers to the generations of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s'
We feel there is more to our generation than what the press and media make us out to be. We aren't just social media addicts. People in their 30's and 20's still Grieve, right? Love? Hate? Fear? Trust? Envy? Pity? You get the idea!
So, who better to tell stories about Millennials than Millennials?
We feel that good theatre is about storytelling. We lead with the idea that the story is enough. we also believe the best theatre provokes, engages and encourages discussion after having left the theatre.
Good theatre also proves truthful. We welcome all to see our shows and no matter who you are, we hope you can find something that you can connect or relate to from watching our work.
Paper Creatures Theatre - 'What's in a name?'
It's all very symbolic really. For us theatre starts with a clean sheet of ‘Paper’ (whether it be on an Apple Mac or a crappy old notebook). From this comes the ideas, stories and scripts.
'Creatures' symbolise what we all are at heart, curious beasts who love, laugh, cry and all the things in between.They then manifest themselves into the characters of the story.
Then 'Theatre' is that messy place where we can share it all with an emphasis on the most important thing: the story.
These three words are the most important things to us and they fuel what we aim to focus on most in our work: Story, Character and, well, Theatre.
We may not be made of paper, but we are all creatures nonetheless!
THE CREATURE PAC
Liam McLaughlin is Producer based in London.
Starting as a Production Assistant at Tara Finney Productions, he has gone on to work for two leading Off West End venues - Theatre503, as Resident Assistant Producer, and Arcola theatre, as Production & Marketing Assistant.
Fringe theatre, and new writing, is where his drive for producing stems from and he is producing for some of the most exciting emerging companies in London: JAM, Klein Blue and Paper Creatures. His own theatre company, Moonchild, have just finished a ★★★★★ run at The Cockpit with their new play, Coelacanth, and
have been described as “a thrilling, smart, company to take seriously” - Blackstar
Liam has also worked for Incoming Festival, and commercial theatre company Tiny Fires, and is delighted to be joining the Paper Creatures team as Co-Producer for Section 2.
At the sweet age of 17, Matt accidentally fell into producing when he wanted to put on a play independently with his friends. Since, he has covered a range of theatre, including promenade shows at the St. Pancras Crypt, site specific physical theatre in pubs and most prominently, 'Rubber', an immersive show set and performed in a moving car! Currently on his plate is a 3-week run of 'Richard III' at the Barons Court Theatre!
Studying for a degree in Physics at University College London, he has taken a strong stance in the London student theatre scene and is currently the Festival Director of the London Student Drama Festival and the Inter-University Drama Festival. "But why a Physics degree?", many people may ask. "Well", he would reply, "I really like space". And that's about it on that one.
Having worked at theatres such as the Finborough and the Bunker, Matt is excited to be working with Paper Creatures Theatre - they have a raw ambition that is shared by many, but successfully achieved by few.
Having always loved everything to do with theatre and being a performer in shows since she can remember, Rebecca studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds (albeit starting with a degree in Geography which swiftly ended) and graduated in July 2018. Whilst at university she was an active member of several theatre societies where she took roles in Sponsorship and Fundraising and in her final year produced several musicals and an opera. Most recently she took a new musical to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Chevron Theatre which had a sell-out two week run.
Rebecca has recently moved to London and has just started a MA in Creative Producing at Mountview where she is learning and developing her previous producing skills. Stepping away from musicals and wanting to create theatre that is relevant and makes audiences think when they leave the theatre, and with a keen interest in mental health, she is very excited to be working with Paper Creatures on their Edinburgh adventure with 'Section 2'.
Georgie is a writer and director based in London. Starting out as a writer to distract from studying Philosophy at Bristol University, Georgie then turned to directing and completed an M.A. in Theatre Directing at Mountview. Here she found her passion for collaborating with writers on the development of new scripts, right from the kernel of an idea to opening night.
She is interested in drama which engages audience through strong characters and humour. Technical and design elements also play a big part across her work. Georgie directed Paper Creatures debut production ‘Flood’. Georgie is Joint Artistic Director of Flux Theatre.