The Road That Wasn't There - NZ Tour

Tue 12 Feb 2013 to Sat 16 Mar 2013
"This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world..." - A dark New Zealand fairytale from Trick of the Light Theatre.
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BATS Theatre Corner Cuba and Dixon12-17 February 6:30pmBook tickets through the BATS Theatre at or 04 802 4175 HAMILTON                                     Riverlea Theatre83 Riverlea Road20-21 February           7:00pmBook tickets through phone (07) 856-5450AUCKLAND Basement Theatre Greys Avenue 24-27 February 8:30pm Book tickets through CENTRAL OTAGO Dunstan Creek 150 St Bathans Domain 3 March 2:00pm Book tickets through OAMARU The ODT Inkbox (Oamaru Opera House) 94 Thames Street 5 March 7:30pm Book tickets through CANTERBURY Sam Mahon’s ‘Old Mill’ 6 Singleton Road, Waikari 9 March 7:00pm Tickets available on the door DUNEDIN The Playhouse Theatre 31 Albany Street 14-16 March 7:00pm (+ 3:00pm Saturday) Book tickets through


"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) 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. 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

“Intelligent, amazing, thought provoking theatre… I recommend this wholeheartedly and my children can’t stop talking about it” - Audience Feedback

“Absolutely incredible, made me want to be a child again.” - Audience Feeback

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 recent finalist in Playmarket's Plays For The Young. Following a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe, the show returns to tour New Zealand in 2013.

Written by Ralph McCubbin Howell Directed and designed by Hannah Smith

Starring: Ralph McCubbin Howell, Oliver de Rohan and Elle Wootton

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