This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…

The Road That Wasn't There
An enthralling show ★★★★
— Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
All of us sometimes want to walk down a road that isn’t there, in hope of finding something better and more magical than the mundane lives we know. Watching this show was the closest I’m likely to get to actually doing that. ★★★★
— Lexical Lunacy, UK
— Edinburgh Festivals for Kids
Imaginative, thoughtful + enlightening.
— FringeReview UK's list of Highly Recommended Shows
A delightfully dark adventure, engrossing, entertaining and emotionally touching in equal measure ★★★★
— Broadway Baby, UK

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 to be 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 Bookbinder) 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 Margaret Mahy. Combining puppetry, shadow play, and live music, The Road That Wasn’t There is a curious tale for intrepid children and adventurous adults…

WRITTEN BY Ralph mccubbin howell
directed by hannah smith


WINNER – Outstanding New NZ Play, Most Promising New Director, and Production of the Year – Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013
WINNER – Auckland Arts Festival Award – Auckland Fringe 2013
WINNER - Best Children's Event - Adelaide Fringe 2016
WINNER - Children's Event Award - Fringe World, Perth 2016

Thoroughly enchanting and totally engrossing, The Road That Wasn’t There is a must see show for all ages.
— The Dominion Post
Charming, funny and haunting in equal measure… a storytelling triumph.
— Word on the Street

Photos: Anita Pitu