Meet Ralph McCubbin Howell, writer and performer of Trick of The Light’s TRÖLL. Fresh off an amazing, award-winning season, this performance is coming the Capital E National Arts Festival to wow our young audiences with an imaginative and inventive blend of storytelling, music, and puppetry!
A behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind Trick of the Light’s innovative visual design
Q: Hi Ralph! Can you describe your show TRÖLL in five words or less?
A: A lo-fi wi-fi fable
Q: What do you want tamariki /children to take away from your show?
A: The nourishment of a good story, the excitement of getting spooked in the theatre, and an appreciation of how bad the internet was in the 90s!
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the Capital E National Arts Festival?
A: Bunk Puppets’ Swamp Juice because we’re excited by the idea of making shadow-puppets from junk, and Taki Rua’s Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere because we’re interested in watching theatre that isn’t in English.
Q: How has theatre helped you grow your creative spirit?
A: Theatre is all about the connection in the room, leaning into fear and failure, and finding creative solutions to problems.
Q: What’s your earliest ‘creative’ memory?
A: My dad was the lead in a production of Macbeth when I was about four. I remember tagging along to rehearsal one day where he introduced me to the actress playing Lady Macbeth by saying “this is my wife” and I was gripped by an existential crisis as I took this to mean he had a secret other marriage unbeknownst to mum.
Make sure to catch Ralph in TRÖLL at the Capital E National Arts Festival on Saturday March 9, 2019.
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