A bookbinder is looking for a new apprentice. Maybe someone in the audience would like the job? But he must warn us first of what happened to the last child who worked for him: this boy needed to find a lost page from a particularly magical tome, and found himself on a strange and mystical adventure…

Weaving silhouettes, paper-art, puppets and music, The Bookbinder is a curious and clever solo performance for savvy children and their grown-up companions.

In the spirit of the idea that theatre is for EVERYONE, here’s a real little gem for little and big people alike, all the way from (little) New Zealand. – Eamon

Trick of the Light production

For ages 9 and up!

During the run of The Bookbinder, we will be hosting special workshops and free art activities in the foyer.


Ralph McCubbin Howell


Based on a story by Ralph McCubbin Howell & Hannah Smith
Writer Ralph McCubbin Howell
Director Hannah Smith
Music Tane Upjohn-Beatson

Performance Times

Tuesday – Saturday  11.00am & 6.15pm
Sunday 2.15pm & 5.15pm

Opening night (invitation only)
6.15pm, 26 September

Running Time
55 minutes


Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time.

Prices listed on the Ticket Prices page account for the majority of tickets but please contact Box Office for current prices on all tickets available. Full ticket terms and conditions are also available on the same page.

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.


Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best…

Terry MacTavish | Theatre Review, Dunedin

★★★★½ A must-see gem

The West Australian

★★★★★ A beautiful, articulate and engaging show that is as engaging as it is mysterious

Susan Lowes | All Edinburgh Theatre