Trick Of The Light Theatre bring their enchanting modern fairy tale, The Road That Wasn’t There to the Fringe Festival, all the way from New Zealand. In their latest piece, everyone in the town of St Bathans thinks Maggie has gone mad. Her son, Gabriel, is bombarded by calls from nosey neighbours and busybody townspeople about his mother stealing maps from the library. Realising there may be something wrong, Gabriel visits his mother to talk her into going into a nursing home. When he gets there, however, he discovers the problem isn’t quite what it seems, prompting Maggie to finally sit him down to share a special story from her childhood. What follows is a beautiful story of his father, the paper town with the paper road and a very important map.

This is far from just a children’s show – The Road That Wasn’t There is a unique piece of theatre the whole family will love. Performed by Ellie Wootton, Paul Waggott and writer Ralph McCubbin Howell, it incorporates shadow-play, puppetry and music to tell their story. This gives us a variety of mediums to enjoy and shows the endless talents of the cast who fully become their characters with hilarious consequences. Comedy flows through the narrative, perfect for a giggle among adults and children alike, but there are darker elements to the story and a few sudden scares that may not sit well with younger children.

An enthralling show with a simply entertaining story, The Road That Wasn’t There is a great way to spend your afternoon.

Words: Nastassia Sutherland

Picture: Anita Pitu

The Road That Wasn’t There, Assembly Roxy, Aug 16-27 (not 21), 2.35pm

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