Flyboy and the Robot

From 9 August 2020

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“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.”
Time Out

Flyboy and the Robot is an original story from multi-disciplinary artist and musician Matthew Robins.

Matthew has been writing and performing an on-going series of stories about Flyboy for the last 10 years.  Using black paper, a scalpel, and a piano they are his own home-made way of recreating all the things he loves – 1950s science-fiction films, Sesame Street cartoons, the Beano, old Tom Waits records.  This story (Flyboy and the Robot) is one of Matthew’s favourites to perform as it combines many of his favourite things, i.e. crocodiles, robots, and sausages, and lots of diminished-seventh chords.

When there isn’t a pandemic Matthew also performs with the other musicians in his band, but in this special performance filmed at the Little Angel Theatre in London, he has to do it alone – with some help from Tim Spooner operating the puppets.  

Credits:
Music, lyrics and puppets by Matthew Robins
Performed by Matthew Robins and Tim Spooner