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NZ Folklore Serves up a Deliciously Dark Fairytale!


Auckland Live with Trick of the Light and Zanetti Productions presents
The Road That Wasn’t There
Written and performed by Ralph McCubbin Howell and Hannah Smith

Following sell-out international and local seasons, the award-winning New Zealand fairytale that champions puppetry, shadow play and live music will soon unleash its gloriously dark charms. Adventurous adults and intrepid children (ages 7 and up) will love The Road That Wasn’t There which plays from 11-15 July at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre.

"Thoroughly enchanting and totally engrossing, The Road That Wasn’t There is a must-see show." The Dominion Post

The Road That Wasn’t There is rooted in New Zealand folklore; from lost moa roaming the foothills, to faeries who drink moonshine out of the back of Mitre 10. This curious tale, reminiscent of the late (great) Margaret Mahy or Neil Gaiman, is the brainchild of Trick of the Light and played to full houses in its premiere season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

Trick of the Light is an award-winning New Zealand theatre company founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. The company has travelled the world and collected numerous awards for their productions which celebrate creativity and deliver playful, thought-provoking and resonant theatre along the way. The Road That Wasn’t There’s accolades include Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards (Outstanding New Playwright, Outstanding New NZ Play, Most Promising Director, and Production of the Year), Auckland Arts Festival Award (Auckland Fringe), Children's Event Award (Fringe World, Perth 2016), and Best Children's Event (Adelaide Fringe 2016).

The Road That Wasn’t There is part of the Auckland Live Kids Play programme which offers up a diverse range of high calibre live performances. “We’re delighted to showcase these exceptional practitioners from Aotearoa, with work that we are sure will ignite the imaginations of young and old,” Georgina Cervin, Auckland Live Manager of Programme Development.

Take a wild artistic ride to the twitchy edges of children's literature with The Road That Wasn’t There these school holidays!

The Road That Wasn’t There plays:
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 July
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am & Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Recommended for ages 7+
Duration: 55 mins (no interval)
Tickets: Adult $28.00, Senior, $19.00, Family of four: $72.00 (service fees apply)

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