Date(s) - 10/10/2015
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Matthew Robins is a musician and artist from the West Country. Combining live music, shadow puppetry, animations, made-up games and competitive audience crafting breaks, Matthew and his band perform stories about animals, monsters, the sea, love and death.
The show follows the format of a live music gig played out over an hour or two and held together with a loose thread of recurring characters and common themes. Matthew is the vocalist and keyboard player, while the rest of the touring band is made up from a selection of regular collaborators, drawn from the worlds of classical, rock and folk music. Performing Matthew’s hand-made shadow puppets and live animations is his puppeteer Tim Spooner, who is also an artist and puppet-maker in his own right.
Matthew is currently at work writing a whole new collection of pieces for this 2015 set of shows, with new stories about favourite characters, such as Walter Knitty and Flyboy & Mothboy, as well as some whole new stories and characters.
There are plenty of opportunities to join in (if you want to) – impromptu made-up games and competitions and audience sing-a-longs. And during the interval you can have your own chance to make a puppet that will feature during the second half of the show, and may even win a prize if it’s among the top 3 or maybe the top 5 . . . all materials provided free of charge!
‘Robins’ 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.’ The Times
‘The whole thing feels like a silent movie in which every aspect has been created by a wayward child genius.’ The Guardian
Tickets: £16 (£14 conc., £10 under 25s)