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The Bookbinder

Trick of the Light Theatre

Trick of the Light Theatre is an award-winning company from Aotearoa / New Zealand founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. Our previous works include The Engine Room (Outstanding New Playwright, Wellington Theatre Awards 2011), Broken River (STAB 2013), BEARDS! BEARDS! BEARDS! (Best Theatre, Dunedin Fringe Awards, 2015), The Devil’s Half-Acre (NZ International Arts Festival 2016), The Bookbinder (Best of the Fringe, NZ Fringe 2014, International Excellence Award, Sydney Fringe Festival 2014, BDO Children’s Theatre Award, Fringe World, Perth 2015), Tröll (Weekly Children’s Theatre Award, West Arts Editor Weekly Award, Fringe World, Perth 2019, Outstanding Theatre Award Winner, Fringe Review, Edinburgh, 2019) and The Griegol (Production of the Year, Director of the Year, Best Original Music Composition, Wellington Theatre Awards 2023).


‘They say you can get lost in a good book. But it’s worse to get lost in a bad one…’ From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre comes a story of boundless enchantment. The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Neil Gaiman.

With awards around the world including Best of the Fringe (NZ Fringe 2014), International Excellence Award (Sydney Fringe 2014), and the BDO Children’s Theatre Award (Fringe World, Perth 2015), The Bookbinder is an inventive one-man performance for adults and children 8+.


Session Times
PROFILE: Here’s What We Made
Thursday 8 June