'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. The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Coraline and Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. An inventive one-man performance for curious children and adventurous adults...


"Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best..."
- Theatreview, Dunedin

"A must-see gem" ★★★★½
- The West Australian, Perth

"A beautiful, articulate and engaging show that is as engaging as it is mysterious" ★★★★★
- alledinburghtheatre.com, Edinburgh

 
 

The Bookbinder was first performed at Arty Bees Bookshop as part of the NZ Fringe in 2014. 

Recommended for adults and older children (8+)
55 mins (No interval)

CAST

 
Ralph McCubbin Howell

Narrator    
Ralph McCubbin Howell

 

CREW

 
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 Director    
 
Hannah Smith

 
 

Writer
Ralph McCubbin Howell

Based upon a story by
Ralph McCubbin Howell
& Hannah Smith

 
 

Set Construction
Nick Zwart 

Poster Design
Ed Watson

Papercraft & design
Ralph McCubbin Howell
& Hannah Smith

 

AWARDS

Best Theatre
Best in the Fringe
Tiki Tour Ready Award
New Zealand Fringe Festival 2014.

International Excellence Award
Sydney Fringe Festival 2014

BDO Children's Theatre Award
Fringe World 2015


NOMINATIONS

Best Production Design
Best Solo Show
New Zealand Fringe Festival 2014

Best Theatre
Best Production Design
Dunedin Fringe Festival 2014

West Australian Arts Editor Award
Fringe World 2015

UPCOMING SEASONS

SYDNEY
Tues 26 September - Sun 8 October - 11.15am & 6.15pm
(Sun 2.15pm & 5.15pm)
Belvoir Theatre, 18 & 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
Book tickets through Belvoir Theatre

PAST SEASONS

ASSITEJ CRADLE OF CREATIVITY
City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa
May 20-21, 2017

CHRISTCHURCH
The Arts Centre
Apr 27-29, 2017

PARRAMATTA
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Mar 14-15, 2017

NEW YORK
Clark Studio Theater, The Lincoln Center
Mar 4, 2017

AWESOME ARTS FESTIVAL
Perth, Merredin, and Bunbury, W.A
Oct 7-23, 2016

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
The Cellar - Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 3-28, 2016

BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL
Sweet Dukebox
May 22-28, 2016

IMAGINATE FESTIVAL
Traverse Theatre
June 2-5, 2016

SALISBURY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Longleat House Library
June 7-11, 2016

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ART & IDEAS
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
June 17-19, 2016

SOUTHLAND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Various venues
April 30- May 5 2016

DUNEDIN
Fortune Theatre
April 27 2016

CHRISTCHURCH
Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery
April 20-23, 2016

ADELAIDE FRINGE
The Bakehouse Theatre Studio, Adelaide
February 12 - 20 2016

KOKOMAI FESTIVAL
Senior Citizens Hall, Featherston
October 17 - 18, 2015

WELLINGTON
Circa Theatre
September 26 - October 10, 2015

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
Assembly Roxy Downstairs
August 6 - 31, 2015

ARTS ON TOUR
Tauranga, Opotiki, Whitianga, Hamilton, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Upper Hutt, Mapua, Mussel Inn, Hokitika, Arrowtown, Bannockburn, Gore, Owaka, Roxburgh, Oamaru, Twizel, Ashburton.
Jun 30 - Jul 24, 2015

UPSURGE FESTIVAL
Pompallier Mission, Russell
Apr 25 -26, 2015

WANAKA FESTIVAL OF COLOUR
Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Apr 21 - 23, 2015

CANBERRA
Gorman Arts Centre
Apr 17 - 18, 2015

HAMILTON GARDENS ARTS FESTIVAL
Japanese Garden of Contemplation
Feb 18 - 19, 2015

FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL
The Blue Room Theatre, Perth
Jan 23 - 21, 2015

OAMARU VICTORIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS
Oamaru Opera House and Historic Precinct
Nov 14 - 15, 2014

THE OLD MILL
Waikari, North Canterbury
Nov 8, 2014

NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL
St Peters Church, Founders Park
Nov 22 - 23, 2014

MELBOURNE FRINGE
Son of Loft, Lithuanian Club - Fringe Hub
Sept 19 - Oct 4, 2014

SYDNEY FRINGE      
Better Read Than Dead, Newtown
Sept 11 - 13, 2014

BATS THEATRE
Wellington
Jun 8, 2014

ESCAPE! FESTIVAL
Books A Plenty, Tauranga
May 31 - Jun 1, 2014

DUNEDIN FRINGE
The Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin
Mar 13 - 16, 2014

NZ FRINGE
Arty Bees Bookshop, Wellington
Feb 19 - Mar 1, 2014

MEDIA