Paper Project: Shakespeare

Paper project: Shakespeare
Date and time
08 - 26 Feb 2016 (10:00am - 4:00pm)

Atrium and The Shell, Parkside Building


Free entry.

Booking Information

Free entry (open on weekdays only, 10am - 4pm).

Design for Theatre, Performace and Events paper project

Come along to see the creativity and talent of our BA (Hons) Design for Theatre, Performance and Events students, who have opened the doors to their latest paper installation.

The life-size installation pays tribute to the work of William Shakespeare, and marks 400 years since his death. It features more than a dozen of Shakespeare’s most famous creations, handcrafted from paper and cardboard.

Each piece in the installation was individually crafted by 22 first year students, using techniques learned on their course to sculpt 780 metres of corrugated cardboard, and nearly 5,000 metres of brown paper into the entire setting and characters.

The exhibition took nearly three weeks to create, with students working day and night to make each setting, character and item from scratch, as well as selecting music and lighting to complement each element.

The show includes scale models over six feet tall, a three-metre-high balcony and even a walk-in tavern intended to replicate London’s historic Gorge Inn, where history’s most famous playwright is believed to have penned many of his works.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust helped students research the project and visited the installation to select a number of characters and settings which will be taken away and displayed across Stratford-upon-Avon when the project ends.

Location of event

The Shell, Ground Floor, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD


For more information about the event, please contact: Hollie Wright.