Paper Sky

A tale of light, love and courage, as two worlds meet in the mind of one man.

Henry is a writer and recluse. His heroine, Lumina, fights for her life in a papery world. When a woman moves in next door interrupting Henry’s solitude, his story begins to take on a life of its own. Pages fly, a woman is drowned, memories catch fire, love burns. Discovering Henry’s writings and intrigued by Lumina’s desperate plight the woman next door challenges Henry to face the truth of his stories. Reality blurs with fiction and their lives are changed forever.

Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival 2011.

Winner of two Chapman Tripp Theatre awards for Most Original Production and Best Design 2012.

"An exquisitely crafted rhapsody of image and movement based theatre." Paul Simei-Barton, NZ Herald

"Magical, inventive, exquisitely fragile show of depth and perception." Johnny Givens, Theatreview

Creative Team

Kate Parker
Julie Nolan
Set Design
John Verryt
Costume Design
Elizabeth Whiting
Lighting Design
Jeremy Fern
Sound Design and Musical Direction
Andrew McMillan
Andrew McMillan & Claire Cowan
Imagery Design
Kate Parker & John Verryt
Imagery Construction
Kate Parker, Rachel Hilliar, Ben Anderson & John Verryt
Devising Cast
  • Emmett Skilton
  • Julia Croft
  • Veronica Brady
  • Alison Bruce
  • Justin Haiu
Performance History
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Auckland Arts Festival 2011 Glen Eden Playhouse, The Mercury Theatre March 2011
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Mangere Arts Centre October 2012
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Downstage Theatre November 2012
  • Whangārei Forum North October 2013
  • Keri Keri The Turner Centre October 2013
  • Ōtepoti Dunedin Kings and Queens Theatre April 2014
  • Waihōpai Invercargill Centrestage May 2014