The Road That Wasn't There (4 stars)

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This is a story about a girl, who followed a map off the edge of the world. Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder) present an award-winning dark fairytale combining puppetry, shadow-play, and live music.

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The Road That Wasn't There

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. A young woman fascinated by this parallel world strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It seems a land of possibility until she discovers that what happens in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.

From the creators of The Bookbinder comes an award-winning production drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature – a dark fable reminiscent of Neil Gaiman and Pan’s Labyrinth. Combining puppetry and shadow play, The Road That Wasn’t There is a captivating and spooky work for children.

'Charming, funny and haunting in equal measure… a storytelling triumph.' – Word on the Street   

Funded by Creative New Zealand..

Ages: 8-13 yrs

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The Road that Wasn't There

23 Aug 20174 stars

A magical tale for children and adults

Trick of the Light theatre company puts the play back in theatre. Using minimal staging, made up of maps and cardboard boxes, it's an homage to child-like imagination. The three actors combine music, puppetry and shadow theatre to tell their dark…

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