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The Road That Wasn’t There

Written by Ralph Mccubbin Howell
Directed by Hannah Smith
Performed by Ralph Mccubbin Howell, Elle Wootton, Paul Waggott
Travelling Wonder Tech Matt Eller

Presented by Trick of The Light Theatre

Suitable for adults and older children (8+).

Circa One. Limited capacity to 140. Running time: 1 hour (no interval)

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 finds that things that happen in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.

From Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder, Tröll) comes an award-winning production drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature – a dark fable reminiscent of the works of Neil Gaiman and Margaret Mahy. 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+).

“A delightfully dark adventure, engrossing, entertaining and emotionally touching in equal measure.” - BROADWAY BABY, UK

Production of the Year – Wellington Theatre Awards

Best Children’s Event – Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe

Important Information:
- Limited capacity of 140 in Circa One (224-seat theatre)
- General admission seating so patrons can space out from other groups/bubbles
- Hand sanitiser at the theatre entry, Box Office, bar, bathrooms, and by the water cooler
- The building has had a thorough clean by both cleaners and Box Office staff
- All bookings have a name, email and contact phone number associated for contact tracing

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