The Paper Architect


    Created by Davy and Kristin McGuire in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    The Paper Architect is a bittersweet story of a lonely old man who longs for another life.  Secluded in his workshop the architect builds paper models that slowly become inhabited by his dreams and the melancholy memories of his life.

    In a unique mix of theatre, installation and miniature projections, this show invites you to enter the Paper Architect’s workshop and witness the figments of his vivid imagination come to life, through a series of exquisite paper models.

    Davy and Kirstin McGuire

    Davy and Kirstin McGuire


    See more about the Davy and Kirstin McGuire’s current work over on their website.

    RUNNING TIME 45min (no interval)

    Cast & Creative

    Creative team

    Concept Creation and Direction – Davy & Kirstin McGuire
    Paper Models and Animators – Davy & Kirstin McGuire
    Co-Writer – Tom Wainwright
    Set and Costume Designer – Corinne Hockley
    Lighting Designer – Chris Swain
    Studio Assistant – Anna Michaels
    Mentor – Graham Whybrow


    Old Stamp – John Cording
    Young Stamp – Davy McGuire
    Ling – Kirstin McGuire

    Davy and Kirstin McGuire

    Davy and Kirstin McGuire


    Technical wizardry combines with whimsical sensibility to create magic

    Artshub – Five stars

    Theatrical language of exquisite quality

    The Western Australian – Four stars

    Magical and exquisitely crafted, Kristin and Davy McGuire’s miniature model universe is full of visual wonders

    The Guardian

    What follows makes the jaw drop and the head whirl

    The Times – Four stars

    It’s a show with a gossamer touch that leaves you shivering