A UNIQUE JOURNEY
Auckland Fringe 2013|
THE ROAD THAT WASN'T THERE
Written by Ralph McCubbin Howell
Directed by Hannah Smith
presented by Trick of the Light Theatre
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 24 Feb 2013 to 27 Feb 2013
Reviewed by Matt Baker, 25 Feb 2013
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog
Originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, The Road That Wasn't There, presented by Trick of the Light and embarking on a tour throughout New Zealand, makes its Auckland debut as part of the 2013 Fringe Festival.
Broken into eight protractedly titled chapters, the script weaves between fiction and reality with great ease thanks to the spectacle elements of the show. Puppetry, shadow play, music, and live action all work in great cohesion to support the story-telling. The mirroring and foreshadowing within the script is nicely maintained and revealed, however, there is an overall lack of catharsis for any of the characters, as if the necessary dialogue for these final scenes is missing from the text. Nevertheless, writer and performer Ralph McCubbin Howell has created a wonderfully magic world that not only encompasses the play, but also reinforces the mythical themes within it. Writer's Notes* should be read and considered. [More]
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Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post);
Barbara Frame (Otago Daily Times);