The Bookbinder (4 stars)

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The Bookbinder

Trick of the Light Theatre

They say you can get lost in a good book. But it's worse to get lost in a bad one… From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. Inspired by the works of Chris Van Allsburg and Neil Gaiman, The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an inventive performance for curious children and adventurous adults. Best in the Fringe (NZ Fringe, 2014), BDO Children's Theatre Award (Fringe World 2015, Perth). 'Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best' (, Dunedin). 'A must-see gem' ****1/2 (West Australian, Perth).

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The Bookbinder

28 Aug 20154 stars

A subtle, smart and funny theatrical piece, entertaining for adults and kids alike

It says a lot about The Bookbinder, that the venue was three quarters full with adults when I saw it – and that a younger child aged six or seven left halfway through. This is an engaging piece of theatre, full of intrigue and sophisticated humour, best…

Fringe preview: The Bookbinder

20 Jul 2015

Neil Gaiman-esque magical tale for children aged 8+

New Zealand theatre company Trick of the Light were last at the Fringe in 2012 with The Road That Wasn't There. This year, they're returning with The Bookbinder, a dark, magical tale best suited to slightly older children (8+). Director Hannah Smith…

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