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If you lived through the dial-up modem realness of the ‘90s, then you will most certainly love the wistfulness that is Trick Of The Light Theatre’s Tröll.

But even if your memory of the internet is a little more modern – and with faster download speeds – this show is still an absolute delight, jam packed with fast-paced narrative and some incredibly clever visuals.

And nostalgia. So much nostalgia. Even the addition of audio captions for the hearing impaired capitalises on those early ‘90s chatroom feels.

Tröll tells the story of Otto, a pre-tween boy from New Zealand coming to grips with growing up in 1998, made all that bigger and terrifying with the presence of The Internet.

Otto is obsessed with The Dark Ages, Queen Boudicca, chatrooms and his ancient “1000-year-old” chain smoking Icelandic grandmother, Amma, who lives in the granny flat out the back.

These elements all converge when a troll takes up residence in the walls, in the myths Amma tells and even in Otto’s cyber life as the fearless Robotto.

At its core, Tröll is a witty coming-of-age story that shows how old wisdom still has a place in our fast-paced digital age.

This engaging show tackles resilience and grief with such bravery and joy that even the most stone-cold heart will be warmed.

Tröll also mixes physical theatre, puppetry and object manipulation to create an adventure that is incredibly layered, both visually and textually.

Through the use of light and shadow, desktop objects become epic landscapes while imaginative digital projections immerse you further into this wonderful tale.

In the past, Trick Of The Light Theatre have presented such FRINGE WORLD Children’s Event Award winning shows as The Bookbinder (2015) and The Road That Wasn’t There (2016).

Tröll is right up there, merging magic realism, sharp writing and brilliant performances to deliver an inspiring work that is both comedic and profoundly compassionate.

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Review by Scott-Patrick Mitchell on 30 Jan 2019

Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a West Australian performance poet and writer. SPM appears in such literary journals as Island, Southerly, Westerly and Cordite. SPM has been writing since 1998 and has been involved in the West Australian arts scene since 2002. Visit his 'gram, @spmpoet, for daily doses of wholesome micropoetry.