On the paper road

PERFORMERS AND PUPPETS: Old-school effects like shadow and light play, rod puppets, live performers, live music and a Kiwi gothic story for kids and adults slouches into Gisborne next week. Picture supplied

A lot of kids are fascinated by the ghoulish and the macabre, says Dionne Christian in her New Zealand Herald review of The Road That Wasn’t There.

“Take your older kids and I doubt you’ll be disappointed by the ever-so-slightly spine-chilling story,” says Christian of the show that opens in Gisborne on May 7.

The entertainment with shadow, and rod, puppetry, live performers and live music sits easily with mildly ghostly and gothic dark fantasy stories such as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline or the movie Monster House.

“Gabriel (Paul Waggot) travels home to St Bathans, Otago, when he gets a call informing him that Maggie (Ellie Wootton), his elderly mum who’s always been a little odd, is acting even more peculiarly than usual. He returns and finds Maggie ready to expose the ghosts of her past and share a sinister secret with him.”

The title of the play refers to paper roads, the towns and roads that in an earlier century were drawn on paper but never built.

As a young girl Maggie follows a paper road on the map and ends up at a paper town where there is a travelling theatre who put on this play and falls in with them. The play within a play is very much a narrative story that uses old-school effects like shadow and light play, puppetry, music and a good old-fashioned spooky tale.

The Road That Wasn’t There, War Memorial Theatre, Tuesday, May 7, 1pm and 6pm. Tickets from Stephen Jones Photography and www.eventfinda.co.nz

A lot of kids are fascinated by the ghoulish and the macabre, says Dionne Christian in her New Zealand Herald review of The Road That Wasn’t There.

“Take your older kids and I doubt you’ll be disappointed by the ever-so-slightly spine-chilling story,” says Christian of the show that opens in Gisborne on May 7.

The entertainment with shadow, and rod, puppetry, live performers and live music sits easily with mildly ghostly and gothic dark fantasy stories such as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline or the movie Monster House.

“Gabriel (Paul Waggot) travels home to St Bathans, Otago, when he gets a call informing him that Maggie (Ellie Wootton), his elderly mum who’s always been a little odd, is acting even more peculiarly than usual. He returns and finds Maggie ready to expose the ghosts of her past and share a sinister secret with him.”

The title of the play refers to paper roads, the towns and roads that in an earlier century were drawn on paper but never built.

As a young girl Maggie follows a paper road on the map and ends up at a paper town where there is a travelling theatre who put on this play and falls in with them. The play within a play is very much a narrative story that uses old-school effects like shadow and light play, puppetry, music and a good old-fashioned spooky tale.

The Road That Wasn’t There, War Memorial Theatre, Tuesday, May 7, 1pm and 6pm. Tickets from Stephen Jones Photography and www.eventfinda.co.nz

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