The Griegol
Aotearoa NZ

The Griegol

  • Theatre

This event will now take place on 16–21 March at Q Theatre. If you already hold tickets to this event, you will be contacted about transferring to the new dates by email. No action is needed.

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Trick of the Light Theatre’s new show is an eerie, elegant tale without words about death, love, grief and monsters.

After a girl’s granny passes away, she starts to suspect she is being pursued by the smoke demon shapeshifter from the old woman’s stories.

In the tradition of Spirited Away and Coraline, The Griegol is a mythic, gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for brave children and lovers of atmospheric theatre.

Conjuring magic and laughter out of silhouettes, puppetry, live music and animation, it’s also yet another storytelling masterclass from the wizards of shadowplay who brought us the award-winning The Bookbinder (AAF 2019).

Recommended for ages 7+
Contains references to death and grief

A Res Adult $55
A Res Child (14 & Under) $29
A Res Conc/Group 6+ $49
A Res Under 30 (limited availability) $39
B Res Adult $45
B Res Child (14 & Under) $24
B Res Conc/Group 6+ $39
B Res Under 30 (limited availability) $32
C Res Adult $35
C Res Child (14 & Under) $19
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50 mins approx, no interval

305 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

09 309 9771


Supported by

With commissioning support from

Auckland Arts Festival

“Trick of the Light manage to conjure a truly rare thing; a show about magic that actually feels magical.”

The Wireless


Director and co-writer
  • Hannah Smith
Performer and co-writer
  • Ralph McCubbin Howell
  • Elle Wootton
  • Stevie Hancox-Monk
  • Paul Waggott
  • Tristan Carter
  • Ralph McCubbin Howell
Composition and Sound Design
  • Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Set & costume design
  • Rose Kirkup
  • Sylvie McCreanor
Stage Manager
  • Sylvie McCreanor
Lighting design
  • Marcus McShane
Puppet design
  • Jon Coddington
Technical Support
  • Filament Eleven 11
  • Hannah Smith
Stop-motion animation
  • Ralph McCubbin Howell
Poster Design
  • Ed Watson
Production Photographs
  • Philip Merry / axylotl photography


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