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The Bookbinder - Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

The Bookbinder - Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

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  • Wed 9 Oct ’19, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Wed 9 Oct ’19, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct ’19, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct ’19, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Poverty Bay Club, 38 Childers Rd, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Child: $15.00


Official Website

Trick of The Light Theatre.
'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 (The Road That Wasn’t There) comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem.

Delightfully dark and fully of whimsy, The Bookbinder beautifully blends puppetry, shadow play, paper craft, storytelling and live action to tell the story of a bookbinding apprentice. As it unfolds, the story spills magically from the pages and into the bindery - weaving an enchanting tale in the vein of Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton.

The Bookbinder comes to Te Tairāwhiti after sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Auckland Arts Festival, and tours across New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the UK and USA. Along the way, it has received Best Theatre and Best of the Fringe (NZ Fringe 2014), International Excellence Award (Sydney Fringe 2014) and the BDO Children's Theatre Award (Fringe World, Perth 2015).

“A real delight.” - The Guardian

"Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best..." - Theatreview

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is the Gisborne region’s new flagship contemporary arts and cultural event, taking place, for the first time, from 4-20 October this year. Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will deliver performance events by hundreds of performers from across New Zealand and the Pacific.

The festival celebrates what it means to be of Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa. It reflects and celebrates the people of the Gisborne region and the East Coast. It reinforces the importance of people and place, and further affirms the region’s strong position in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.

For the full programme and ticketing information, please visit

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