Theatre enthusiasts are set for a treat with an award-winning puppetry and shadow play company set to visit Te Anau.

As part of the 2019 Southland Arts Festival, The Road That Wasn’t There, will be performed at the Fiordland Community Events Centre on Sunday 28 April.

From the makers of The Bookbinder - a festival favourite from 2016, the latest work from The Trick of the Light Theatre Company features puppetry, special effects, music and story-telling to seamlessly create a magical theatrical experience.


Called "thoroughly enchanting and totally engrossing... a must-see show," by the Dominion Post, The Road That Wasn’t There is a fascinating story reminiscent of the works of Margaret Mahy and Neil Gaiman (Coraline).

Based upon New Zealand’s streets and towns that exist only on maps, the show explores what happens when a girl follows the map off the edge of the world and discovers a land of possibility with frighteningly real consequences.

Festival Director Angela Newell said adults and older children (eight years +) will find it a captivating piece of theatre.

“From the twitchy edges of children’s literature, audiences can look forward to a charming, funny and memorable show,” she said.

The show will play at the Fiordland Community Events Centre in Te Anau on Sunday, April 28 at 6:30 pm.

Newell encouraged audiences to make the most of the award-winning theatre company being in Te Anau.

“Awarded the Best Children’s Event at the Adelaide Fringe in 2016, this is a show you won’t want to miss,”

Tickets can be purchased from TicketDirect, with door sales, subject to availability, available one hour prior to the show.