'There's a cable leading into your wall that wasn't there before.
Something's scratching behind the power sockets. Things are disconnecting...'

It's 1997. Otto is twelve but he says he's thirteen and he's pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives in an old wooden two-story house with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient malevolent troll that's started living in the wall.

From Trick of the Light Theatre comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable. It combines storytelling, music and puppetry into an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age about the monsters we brought with us.

Written and performed by Ralph McCubbin Howell, directed by Charlotte Bradley, and designed by Hannah Smith, this darkly comic one-man show brings the innovative staging and intricate narrative that enchanted audiences with The Bookbinder into the digital world. Using smartphones and laptops as light sources, and puppets made from cables, it tells a story both mythic and modern in the vein of Stranger Things.

45 mins (No interval)



Ralph McCubbin Howell

Ralph McCubbin Howell





Charlotte Bradley


Hannah Smith


Ralph McCubbin Howell

Based upon a story by
Ralph McCubbin Howell
& Hannah Smith



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