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The Bookbinder


Thu 13 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–6:50pm
Fri 14 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–6:50pm
Sat 15 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–6:50pm
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–6:50pm

Where: Playhouse Theatre, 31 Albany St, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Online: $10.00
  • Door sale: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Dunedin Fringe

A bookbinder should never do anything that cannot be undone. But left alone, leather crumbles, and pages turn to dust. Stories themselves begin to unravel… Inspired by the haunting works of Chris Van Allsburg, and Joy Cowley, Trick of the Light's The Bookbinder is a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. It weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into a performance for both children and adults.

Trick of the Light Theatre is a Wellington-based theatre company founded by Ralph McCubbin Howell and Hannah Smith. Their first production, The Engine Room (BATS Theatre 2011), was a popular and critical success, receiving six nominations at the 2011 Chapman Tripp Awards, and winning Outstanding New Playwright for Ralph McCubbin Howell. Their second show, The Road That Wasn’t There, was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012. It toured New Zealand in February and March of 2013 and was nominated for Best Theatre at the Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin Fringe Festivals, won the Auckland Arts Festival Award, and will be returning for a mainstage performance at Circa theatre in Wellington in 2014. In 2013 they were awarded the prestigious STAB commission to create a visual and live arts collaboration of their production Broken River. In The Bookbinder Trick of the Light will work with a group of longtime collaborators including sound designer and composer Tane Upjohn-Beatson, and graphic designer Edward Watson in order to bring their unique style of sophisticated low-fi theatre magic to Fringe Festival audiences of the South.

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