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

 

The Road That Wasn't There was developed through workshops with the original cast -
Oliver de Rohan and Elle Wootton.

 
 

CAST

 

Maggie
Elle Wootton

 
 

Gabriel, Walter/Retlaw, Father
Paul Waggott

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

 
 

Rosie Parker, Mr Panesh, Constable Good-One, Roland/Noland, Blanket Man, 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

 
 

Lighting Design
Marcus McShane

 
 

Stage Manager
Kate Clarkin

Set Construction
Nick Zwart

Costumes
Eliza Thomson Munn

Cat Hat
Dawa Devereux

Puppet Costumes
Nicola Holter

Marketing and Graphic Design
Ed Watson

Trailer
Tane Upjohn Beatson

Producer
Trick of the Light Theatre

 

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

PREVIOUS SEASONS

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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