From an Aotearoa (New Zealand) theatre company comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable
For the lovers of Stranger Things and playful theatre-making, the New Zealand theatre company – Trick of the Light Theatre, brings young people an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age.
Otto’s twelve, but online he’s thirteen, and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives in an old wooden house with his mum, dad and sister, a mysterious Icelandic granny and an ancient malevolent troll that’s started living in the wall…
Students are welcomed into Otto’s life, where things start as being simple and fun. But as we follow along, we watch as life starts to go downhill for Otto – both online and in his home and school life.
He begins to hear scary scratching noises behind the walls and computer cables start moving like snakes. Having no luck trying to talk with his parents about his worries, he turns to his eccentric and sarcastic granny, Amma. She tells him chilling stories of trolls and ancient Icelandic myths. It seems Otto has manifested his own terrifying troll.
Students will delight in the playful performance making of this work - a keyboard turned on its side becomes a skyscraper, a tangle of cables turns into a monster, smartphones are used as stage lights, laptops transform into skyscrapers. Troll is a coming of age tale that through a humorous and magical journey touches on issues of the digital age, depression, illness and death. Ultimately though the tale brings a happy recognition for students of how important the value of family and real-life connections truly are.
Sydney Opera House presents a Trick of the Light production