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 a land of possibility but she soon discovers that things that happen in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.

From Trick of the Light Theatre (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, shadow play, and live music, The Road That Wasn’t There is a captivating cross-over work for adults and older children (8+).
 

"Thoroughly enchanting and totally engrossing,
The Road That Wasn’t There is a must see show." 
The Dominion Post

"Charming, funny and haunting in equal measure.... a storytelling triumph."
- Word on the Street

 “If there is only one show that you can watch this Fringe, this one is the pick of the crop.”
   -  The Advertiser, Adelaide

 
 

CAST

Maggie

Elle Wootton

Gabriel, Walter/Retlaw, Father

Paul Waggott

Circa 2014, Nelson 2014, Tauranga 2015, NZ Tour and Edinburgh 2017, London/Edinburgh 2018.

Rosie Parker, Fletcher Nun, Constable Good-One, Roland/Noland, Wiri White-Rats, Mother

Ralph McCubbin Howell

 

Gabriel, Walter/Retlaw, Father

Oliver de Rohan

Edinburgh 2012, NZ Tour 2013, Circa 2014, Australia 2016

 

CREW

Director

Hannah Smith

Writer

Ralph McCubbin Howell

Composition and Sound Design

AWARDS

Outstanding New NZ Play
Most Promising New Director
Production of the Year
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013

Auckland Arts Festival Award
Auckland Fringe Festival 2013

Children's Event Award
Fringe World, Perth 2016

Weekly Fringe Award - Best Children's Event
Adelaide Fringe 2016

Best Children's Event
Adelaide Fringe 2016

NOMINATIONS

Best Theatre
Wellington Fringe 2013

Best Theatre
Auckland Fringe 2013

Best Theatre
Dunedin Fringe 2013

UPCOMING DATES

FESTIVAL OF COLOUR
6pm Tues 2 - Thu 4 April
Hawea Flat Hall
Bookings through Festival of Colour

BLENHEIM
Sat 13 - Mon 15 April
10:30am & 1:30pm
ASB Theatre, Marlborough - Anderson Theatre
Bookings through Tourmakers

CHRISTCHURCH
Wed 17 - Sat 20 April
11am (Wed/Thurs), 2pm & 6pm (Fri, Sat)
Papa Hou, YMCA
Bookings through Tourmakers

OAMARU
Tues 23 - Wed 24 April
6pm Tues, 2pm Wed
Oamaru Opera House
Bookings through Tourmakers

TAURANGA
Sat 4 May 2pm
Baycourt X-Space
Bookings through Tourmakers

GISBOURNE
Tues 7 May
War Memorial Theatre
Bookings through Tourmakers

NAPIER
Fri 10 - Sat 11 May
1:30pm Fri, 2pm & 6:30pm Sat
MTG Theatre
Bookings through Tourmakers

PALMERSTON NORTH
Tues 14 - Wed 15 May
6pm Tues, 1:30pm Wed
Globe Theatre
Bookings through Tourmakers

WHANGANUI
Thu 16 May
6pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Bookings through Tourmakers

NEW PLYMOUTH
Sat 18 - Sun 19 May
6pm Sat, 2pm & 5pm Sun
Theatre Royal
Bookings through Tourmakers

HAMILTON
Wed 22 - Thu 23 May
6pm
The Meteor
Bookings through Tourmakers

PREVIOUS SEASONS

LONDON
June 9 - 10, 2018
The Albany, Deptford

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
May 30 - June 1, 2018
Lyra Theatre, Edinburgh

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
August 3 - 27, 2017
Assembly Roxy Upstairs

WELLINGTON
July 23, 2017
Whitereia Performing Arts Centre

UPPER HUTT
July 19, 2017
Expressions Upper Hutt

AUCKLAND LIVE
11-15 July, 2017
Herald Theatre, Auckland

ADELAIDE FRINGE
12-20 Feb, 2016
The Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide

FRINGE WORLD
27 Jan - 6 Feb, 2016
The Blue Room Studio, Perth

KOKOMAI FESTIVAL
Carterton Events Centre
October 22, 2015

TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL
Baycourt, Tauranga
October 24, 2015

MEDIA

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