Ralph McCubbin Howell is a bookbinder. He’s looking for a new apprentice. Maybe someone in the audience would like the job? But he must warn us first of what happened to the last child who worked for him: this boy needed to find a lost page from a particularly magical tome, and found himself on a strange and mystical adventure…
Weaving silhouettes, paper-art, puppets and music, The Bookbinder is a curious and clever solo performance for savvy children and their grown-up companions.
Trick of the Light is an award-winning theatre company from Wellington, New Zealand, founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. They make theatre that is playful, inventive, thought-provoking, and that speaks to the here and now.
Their previous shows have ranged from intelligent children’s theatre to biting political satire, but are unified by their attention to narrative, integrated visual design, and belief that theatre should resonate with the wider world.
Director: Hannah Smith Writer and Performer: Ralph McCubbin Howell Music: Tane Upjohn Beatson
Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
Season: 26 September – 8 October 2017
Information and Bookings: www.belvoir.com.au
Image: Ralph McCubbin Howell features in The Bookbinder – photo by Stephen Coulter