Watch: Liz Gunn Talks To The Creators of The Road That Wasn’t There


There is a  New Zealand fairy-tale that marries puppetry, shadow play and live music with gloriously dark charms for adventurous adults and intrepid children (ages 7 and up). It’s called The Road That Wasn’t There and it opens tonight at Auckland’s Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre and runs until July 15th.

The Road That Wasn’t There is grounded firmly in Aoteoroa and our folklore- from lost and roaming moa ,to moonshine-swilling faeries in a tale reminiscent of the late (great) Margaret Mahy. Highly imaginative and daring. It’s the brainchild of Trick of the Light and it played to full houses in its premiere season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A young woman strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world, apparently full of possibility but even in this fictional world there can be frighteningly real consequences.

Trick of the Light is an award-winning New Zealand theatre company founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell who travel the world and with their award-winning productions which celebrate creativity and thought-provoking, resonant theatre.

The Road That Wasn’t There is part of the Auckland Live Kids Play  Liz Gunn spoke with Hannah and Ralph at the 13th Floor Studio .

Click here for tickets and information for The Road That Wasn’t There.