Theatre (family, puppetry)

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  • Accessibility:
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


It's 1998. Otto is 12 but online he's 13 and he's pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient malevolent troll that's living in the wall... From Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder, The Road That Wasn't There) comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable in the vein of Stranger Things, combining storytelling, projection, and puppetry. 'Merging magic realism, sharp writing and brilliant performances to deliver an inspiring work that is both comedic and profoundly compassionate' ***** ( Recommended for ages 10+

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General venue access

  • Captioning
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go behind the Royal Dick Pub, past Barney's Beer and Pickering's Gin; in the back courtyard on your right hand side is the Demonstration Room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 6 August, 7 August
  • Type: NotSelected
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Maggie Mackenzie 164 days ago

Have enjoyed all the visits from Trick of the Light Theatre Group. Troll was immensely enjoyable. I can really recommend it but they leave on Sunday so you've got to be quick. The pulling in of the audience into rapt concentration is fascinating to see. To hear the old dial up of a computer connecting to the Internet was rather nostalgic I have to say! Whatever this group put on it sums up the Fringe for me every time. A gathering of people using their imaginations and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Safe travels guys and may we see you in Edinburgh next year.

Kathy Wellman 164 days ago

This is a lovely, inventive and heartwarming story that cleverly ties together both 90s gaming nostalgia and Icelandic fairy tales. The use of shadow puppetry is brilliant, and you can't help but fall in love with Otto. Would recommend for both adults and kids - there's something to keep everyone entertained.

Penny 171 days ago

Troll is one of the cleverest shows I’ve seen in 6 years at the Fringe! Highly creative, amusing production with many unexpected visual effects, competently performed. I would recommend this show to anyone!

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 158 days ago

By god do the creators of Tröll understand the qualities of light.

The show is a masterclass in low-effort effects, magical shadow work and harsh blue-tinged screens at 4am in the morning. It’s also a nostalgic train ride that slams into the audience when the scratchy, mid-90s, Window powerup sound stutters into life.

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FringeReview 160 days ago

The joys of late night Internet wanderings! Otto tells us enthusiastically what he gets up to when everyone else is asleep. He is a compelling young character in the days of dial-up Internet. The familiar (but now old-fashioned) sound of computers and logging in to phone lines play in the...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 162 days ago

Tröll by Trick of the Light Theatre is an intriguing piece of theatre that explores technology in 1998 when mobile phones were mainly Nokia, with that trademark ringtone. There was no high speed Internet, just slow dial-up connections.Writer and performer Ralph McCubbin Howell plays twelve-year-old Otto who is obsessed with...

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Edinburgh Festival For Kids (4.5/5 stars) 162 days ago

We are instantly immersed in the story, and whisked away on this tale of an unlikely friendship between Otto and his Icelandic grandmother, who most definitely believes in trolls. This intriguing production explores the monsters that we may all be fighting within and the places we find support to tackle them. Computer cables become alive, smart phones are used to create cities on the walls and imaginative use of lighting and shadows means we are all fully engaged.

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Primary Times 162 days ago

Tröll manages to be both funny and moving, the performances are skilled and the ingenuity of the set and props has to be seen to be believed.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 163 days ago

“No one is a dick on the internet. We just crack jokes and tell stories.” Welcome to 1998, where 12-year-old Otto embraces the latest dial-up technology to discuss the dark ages “that weren’t even that dark” with other similarly inclined history geeks. Written and co-performed by Ralph McCubbin Howell, Otto’s...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 164 days ago

This lo-fi fable follows Otto, a twelve-year-old boy enamoured with Boudicca and 90s-era chatrooms, as he discovers something mysterious, ancient and dangerous lurking in his home. Between an older sister moaning for a cell phone and bullies on and offline, adolescent growing pains are on display... yet something otherworldly is...

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To Do List (3.5/5 stars) 165 days ago

A beautifully realised low-fi fable from Trick of the Light Theatre.There’s an endearing DIY feel to this imaginatively rendered tale of trölls and trolls – the Scandinavian mythical creatures, and the online hate mongers.Ralph McCubbin Howell shoulders most of the performing duties whilst doubling as a creative projectionist and puppeteer,...

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Total Theatre 165 days ago

Tröll is the seventh production by award-winning New Zealand company, Trick of the Light and the second of their shows I have seen. Their work is marked out by a satisfying aesthetic rigour that playfully interweaves visual languages and new writing to create a very complete on-stage world. In Tröll,...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 166 days ago

Trick of the Light Theatre take us back to 1998 when the internet was slow, video games were basic and mobile phones were the latest fad. We follow the twelve year-old Otto (Ralph McCubbin Howell) as he discovers an online world which turns out to be just as confusing and...

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