Sat 8th (7pm) & Sun 9th (6pm) December
The Matthew Robins Show returns to The Lyric with his inimitable one-man variety show (it also has other people in) with songs, shadow-puppets, live-animations, made-up games, and competitive audience craft participation. It's the perfect alternative Christmas show!
Matthew is a very brilliant westcountry artist and musician that we couldn't wait to bring back to The Lyric. He has made shows for the National Theatre, the Barbican and the Unicorn Theatre, among others, and an installation of his work is on permanent display at the Science Museum in London.
Assisted by Tim Spooner for this show he performs stories and songs about monsters, the sea, love, death and animals. Come and hear about Flyboy (he's half fly and half boy), his friend Mothboy, the Wicker Cat, Evaporina (she sat too close to the radiator)... and as it's Christmas there will be some festive stories too - want to find out what happened when Gravity didn't get invited to the office Christmas party?
Matthew will also be bringing his home-made Christmas merchandise with him (so bring your purse).
Child: £6, Adult: £10 (advance) / £12 (on door)
Doors & bar open 30 mins before showtime. Tickets available from Bridport TIC: 01308 424901 /online and from BearKat Cafe.
Matthew is also running an afternoon puppet workshop on Sunday, 2-4pm.
“Matthew Robins' 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.”
"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
"a 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!"
"[Robins creates] a place of boyhood crushes, loneliness and gentle obsessions that contain an implied tolerance for taking people as they are."