THE ROAD THAT WASN'T THERE

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

The Road That Wasn't There

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
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH trick of the light THEATRE

 

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