Very excited to announce that we are partnering with Zanetti Productions on a new version of The Road That Wasn't There to tour the North Island of NZ and then the Edinburgh Fringe in July/August of 2017. Featuring a new design and script, the excellent Elle Wootton, and the return of the prodigal son Paul Waggott. You can find us in Auckland from 11-15 July at the Herald with Auckland Live, in Upper Hutt on 19 July at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, and in Wellington on 23 July at Whitireia Performance Centre, before we cross the seas to perform at Assembly Roxy from August 3-27 at 14:35. Find out more here or at www.nzatedinburgh.com.
We have crossed the globe to take The Bookbinder to the Edinburgh Fringe. So far we've had two five-star reviews and full houses everyday. Having a blast and getting to see some exciting work from around the world.
Find us at Assembly Roxy Downstairs 1:40pm daily until August 31st. Tickets available here.
We are holed up in Dunedin starting work on our next show, but Ralph had the chance to talk with Simon Mercep about Second Afterlife, The Bookbinder, and a kick-ass satirical song of the 80s.
Do you know what is hot? Perth. Perth is very very hot. Literally hot, as the temperatures tip 39 degrees, and also full of hot of every stripe and shade as FringeWorld takes over the city for ’31 days of Perthect’.
We are in Perth for the first time and, by gum, it’s a pretty great festival. The Bookbinder sold out all 8 shows, forcing us to add two extra performances to our run; and garnered nominations for Best Children’s Event and The West Australian Arts Editor Award. Pretty stoked with these. We also got to hang out with all the lovely people at The Blue Room Theatre which is essentially a BATS away from BATS and a home away from home. You are good guys.
The other fun and freaky part of our Perth-life has been joining the Puppet Fiction crew. Ralph has taken on the role of John Travolta and other parts usually played by puppet-maker and moustachioed maverick Jon Coddington for this Perth season, as Jon had to pursue his amazing TV career in Auckland. This show is a fun time and we have been rockin puppets around the city of Perth like m*ther f*ckers.
We have one more week here of sweating our balls off, and then we will be back in fair Zealand. See you soon.
Proud as punch of the fact that Trick of the Light co-director Ralph McCubbin Howell was the recipient of the 2014 Bruce Mason award - an annual prize honouring a playwright at an early stage of their career.
The Melbourne Fringe season of The Bookbinder has all sold out! It is awesome playing to such supportive and engaged audiences. As Hannah says: "We couldn't be happier."
The Bookbinder has been going great guns at Melbourne Fringe. We've sold out every show so far and added a couple of extra matinees - Sunday the 28th at 4.15pm and Saturday the 4th at 5.15pm. You can book tickets here.
Our first time ever at Sydney Fringe was an excellent fun time. We performed three sold out shows at the delightful Better Read Than Dead bookshop, and they invited us back for more. We met some lovely artists, lovely audiences, and got to taste the flavours of the Sydney indie art scene (not to mention the flavours of every restaurant on King street).
Ralph got his face on the cover of MX:
Our tickets are booked, the posters are printed, and our suitcases are pushing baggage allowance to the limit. We're kickin' this joint and taking The Bookbinder on tour to the lucky country. We'll be performing in Sydney Fringe Festival from September 11 - 13 at Better Read Than Dead Bookstore in Newtown, and then in Melbourne Fringe from September 19 - October 4 at Son of Loft, Lithuanian Club at the Fringe Hub. No shows in Bonnie Doon pending as yet. Our Sydney shows are already selling out fast so book before they go. Look forward to catching up with old mates and meeting some new ones. Catch you later, Wellington.