Award-winning dark fairy-tale.
This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…
In New Zealand, there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? A young woman strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It seems to be a land of possibility, but she soon discovers that things that happen in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.
From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder) comes an original fairytale drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature – a dark world reminiscent of Coraline, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the works of Margaret Mahy. Combining puppetry, shadow play, and live music, The Road That Wasn’t There is a curious tale for intrepid children and adventurous adults…
WINNER – Outstanding New NZ Play, Most Promising New Director, and Production of the Year – Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013
WINNER – Auckland Arts Festival Award – Auckland Fringe 2013
“Thoroughly enchanting and totally engrossing, The Road That Wasn’t There is a must see show for all ages.” The Dominion Post
“Charming, funny and haunting in equal measure… a storytelling triumph.” Word on the Street
27 – 30 January & 2 – 6 February | 6pm (and 4pm on Saturdays)
The Blue Room Studio
Origin: New Zealand
Company: Trick of the Light Theatre
For audiences 10+
Producer: Trick of the Light Theatre // Director & Operator: Hannah Smith // Writer: Ralph McCubbin Howell // Performers: Ralph McCubbin Howell, Elle Wootton, Oliver de Rohan // Sound Design & Original Music: Tane Upjohn-Beatson // Graphic Design: Edward Watson // Set Construction: Nick Zwart // Lighting Design: Marcus McShane
Image: Ed Watson