The Road That Wasn't There
Trick of the Light & Zanetti Productions
New Zealand
8-13 yrs

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

The pupils are invited to step from the known world of maps and roads in to the unpredictable world of fable and fiction. Their emotional engagement will motivate learning within Literacy and English and Social Studies.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Principles and Practice in Literacy and English proposes that children and young people need time to spend with stories, literature and other texts which will enrich learning, develop their language skills and enable them to find enjoyment.

Principles and Practice in Social Studies proposes that pupils learn how to locate, explore and link features and places locally and further afield and develop the skill of using maps in a variety of contexts.

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Literacy and English
Social Studies
Duration: 60 minutes
Seating: Theatre seating

Selected by our Wee Night Out group.

Artspace, Niddrie Mains Terrace, EH16 4NX
  • Wednesday 30 May 10:30
  • Wednesday 30 May 13:30
  • Thursday 31 May 10:30
  • Thursday 31 May 13:30
  • Friday 1 June 10:30
  • Friday 1 June 16:30

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…

In New Zealand there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. A young woman fascinated by this parallel world strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It seems a land of possibility until she discovers that what happens in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.

From the creators of The Bookbinder comes an award-winning production drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature – a dark fable reminiscent of Neil Gaiman and Pan’s Labyrinth. Combining puppetry and shadow play, The Road That Wasn’t There is a captivating and spooky work for children.

“Charming, funny and haunting in equal measure… a storytelling triumph.” Word on the Street   

Funded by Creative New Zealand.

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