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The Griegol

16 Nov 2022 to 19 Nov 2022
16 – 19 Nov
From the makers of The Bookbinder comes a story without words about love, death and monsters.
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$20 - $35
Te Auaha
65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011


From the makers of The Bookbinder comes a story without words about love, death and monsters.

After their grandmother passes away, a child suspects they are being pursued by the smoke demon shapeshifter of the old woman’s stories.

The Griegol is a mythic, gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for brave children and lovers of atmospheric theatre. From Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder, The Road That Wasn’t There) comes a strikingly inventive new work that conjures magic and laughter out of silhouettes, puppetry, live music and animation. Drawing on the techniques of silent film, audiences see both the stage effects and how they are made. Just as the staging combines hi-fi with lo-fi technology, the story combines the mythic and magic with the domestic and everyday, and a through line of light and love that carries through the darkness.

“50 minutes of dynamism, cleverness and beauty… A touching, delightful and exciting theatrical experience.” – Theatreview

“Charming, poignant, and expertly performed by a multi-talented cast, The Griegol is a unique theatre experience.” – Theatrescenes


Story by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell

Directed by Hannah Smith Performed by Elle Wootton, Paul Waggott, Stevie Hancox-Monk,

Ralph McCubbin Howell, with live music from Tristan Carter.


Trick of the Light is an award-winning theatre company from Aotearoa / New Zealand founded by Hannah Smith & Ralph McCubbin Howell. Their works include The Road That Wasn’t There (Outstanding New NZ Play, Most Promising Director and Production of the Year – Wellington Theatre Awards 2013), The Bookbinder (Best of the Fringe – NZ Fringe 2014, International Excellence Award –Sydney Fringe Festival 2014), and Tröll (Outstanding Theatre Award – Fringe Review, Edinburgh, 2019, Children’s and West Arts Editor Weekly Award – Fringe World, Perth, 2019).

Written by

Elephant Publicity

3 Oct 2022