the matthew robins show

The next episode of the Matthew Robins show will be at the Suspense Festival, 29th October   - 1st November!
(tickets from here)
matthew robins
Matthew and his band have been performing variations of the show since around 2010.  The show is like a one-man variety show (with other people) made up of live music, shadow puppetry, made-up games, audience craft competitions, animations, non-shadow puppetry, songs, and short films.  

We've performed it it different variations at places like Tate Britain, the Howard Assembly Rooms for Opera North, the Shunt Vaults, outside the Royal Academy in a horsebox, we did a special Christmas version for the Barbican, we projected it 72-feet high onto the flytower of the National Theatre, at the Little Angel Theatre, for Horse and Bamboo, at the Manipulate Festival, at the De La Warr Pavilion, for Duckie, Pull the Other One comedy club, the Special Relationship and other places.
If you want to book the show you can email me  - someone   @    sadlucy    dot    com
The show is made up of lots of smaller pieces, 5 or 10 minute songs and other things, so we can adapt it to fit your festival or performance night.
The full show is about 90 minutes / 2 hours, with in interval with competetive audience puppet making.

here are some things people have said:

Matthew Robins's charming, sometimes heartbreaking little stories are delivered as adult shadow-puppet operas, comprising homemade cardboard figures and sets, and accompanied by a superb eight-piece band.  They create a complete world, one that's full of loss and unrequited love, but with a surreal and occasionally snappy humour . . .
The whole thing feels like watching a silent movie in which every aspect has been created by a wayward child genius.
The Guardian

It’s easy to see why audiences and theatremakers alike are beguiled by this kooky West Country artist, whose brand of low-fi storytelling taps into our new-found affection for the homemade and wholesome.  Robins’ homespun tales mix the everyday with the surreal and are delivered in a chatty, cosy style, accompanied by a hodgepodge seven-piece band and illustrated with nothing more than an overhead projector and pieces of cardboard
The Stage

This minutely crafted tribute to nostalgia, disappointment and the power of the imagination will appeal to your inner Peter Pan

It brings the authors madness and genius to the fore – coupled with an on stage orchestra, in which talented Matthew Robins himself also champions the piano and vocals.
As a relatively lengthy production that balances the fun of simple child-like art with mature folklore, romantic- and science-fiction type stories, it successfully finds the middle ground making the play a must see for the heartier kid who can live without the “happily ever-after” finale, and also inevitably, a play that the kid in every adult shall relish!
Camden Gazette

Even in the darkest moments there is a lightness that elicits sympathetic “awwws” from the audience.  Robins is funny and entertaining enough to make the absurdity enjoyable, the tangents less jarring.
The Financial Times

The Cornish puppeteer and musician Matthew Robins appears to have little trouble exposing his inner child.  The unabashed yet self-deprecating openness of his personality is a big part of what makes this rambling, overextended but agreeably cosy showcase of his work so endearing.
Robins’s music is in the indie-folk vein. Peppered with pop inflections, the tunes slip easily between tempos that vary from klezmer-like jauntiness to a lilting waltz. The tales they convey are odd slivers of surreal whimsy, most of which feature the titular Flyboy. What drives his miniaturist universe is the romance of friendship and, as a corollary, an underlying longing to belong.
It’s a place of boyhood crushes, loneliness and gentle obsessions  that contain an implied tolerance for taking people as they are.
The Times

a series of silhouettes that have something of the deft wit of Picasso sketches.
The Guardian

Matthew Robins's incomparably eldritch shadow puppets: snipped with gothic delicacy from black paper, their crooked fingers reach directly into your imagination.