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The Road That Wasn't There - Auckland Fringe 2013


Sun 24 Feb 2013, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Mon 25 Feb 2013, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Tue 26 Feb 2013, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Wed 27 Feb 2013, 8:30pm–9:30pm

Where: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $20.00
  • Concession: $16.00
  • Groups: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: hannah90

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 award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Engine Room, 2011) comes an original fairytale drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature - a dark world reminiscent of Coraline, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the works of the late (great) Margaret Mahy.

Rooted in New Zealand history and folklore, it reworks a wide range of legends: from lost moa roaming the foothills, to faeries drinking moonshine out the back of Pyne Gould Guinness. Comic, frightening, magical and heartwarming, the combination of charming design and humour rooted in the New Zealand psyche makes for an unforgettable story.

From writer Ralph McCubbin Howell (Outstanding New Playwright - 2011 Chapman Tripps) and director/designer Hannah Smith, The Road That Wasn’t There is the new play by Trick of the Light Theatre (The Engine Room, BATS 2011), and a finalist in this year’s Playmarket Plays For The Young.

After playing to full houses over their premiere season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the company is bringing the show back to home soil. Their Basement season will form the centrepiece of a nationwide tour that will take them from Auckland to Central Otago.

Combining puppetry, shadow play, and live music, The Road That Wasn’t There is a curious tale for intrepid children and adventurous adults...

“A small piece of everyday magic” - A Younger Theatre.
“Probably the most beautiful kids’ show I’ve ever seen” - Edinbughia2012.
“A charming theatre piece from New Zealand” - The Arts Desk.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

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