Hannah Smith & Ralph McCubbin

Thursday 12 April to Thursday 18 April 2015

Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin are theatre makers based in Wellington, New Zealand and the founders of the award-winning theatre company Trick of the Light. Hannah and Ralph like to make theatre that is playful, inventive, thought-provoking, and speaks to the here and now.

During their stay in Canberra, Ralph will participate as playwright in a creative development of Dead Men’s Wars, a co-production of Canberra Youth TheatreLong Cloud Youth Theatre (New Zealand) with the support of The Street Theatre (Australia) and BATS Theatre (New Zealand). Dead Men’s Wars explores the place of young people within the ANZAC legacy in both Australia and New Zealand, and the evolution of our relationship over the past century. This  brand new work by Ralph McCubbin Howell (NZ) will reinvigorate audiences to redefine the relevance of the ANZAC spirit for the next century, as we re-connect the NZ voice to Australia’s ANZAC narrative.

Ralph and Hannah will also perform their acclaimed production, The Bookbinder, in the C-Block Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre on Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April. The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Coraline and Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. An inventive one-man performance for curious children and adventurous adults. You can watch the trailer of The Bookbinder here.

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith has an honours degree in English and Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington. She designs sets and puppets and masks. She has worked extensively since 2008 with theatre companies including Theatre Militia, Three Spoon Theatre, Full.Stop.Theatre and Playground Collective. She also writes reviews for Theatreview, the New Zealand Listener, Broadway Baby and The Wireless.

Ralph McCubbin

Ralph McCubbin Howell is a theatre maker from Wellington, New Zealand, and co-director of Trick of the Light. He was a member of the NZ Young Shakespeare Company and completed a BA (Hons) in Theatre and English at Victoria University, Wellington before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. He was a founding member of Three Spoon Theatre, and has performed extensively as an actor and improviser throughout New Zealand.

  • Visiting Artists Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin. Photo courtesy of the artists.