4 performers all dressed in white science lab coats and boiler suits stand around Robot Boy who sits on a chair on a podium. He is manipulated by 2 of the performers. There is a large projected image of the puppet on the back wall.

Incredible Tale of Robot Boy

a co-production with Schauspielhaus Bochum in 2019.

In the most extraordinary high-tech laboratory, a team of the world’s top scientists are attempting the impossible. Their mission is to create a robot with a real brain. Their aim is to push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

They succeed. And Robot Boy is born.

His world is the playground of the laboratory; it is where he belongs. Robot Boy knows the scientists have an important job to do and that he is there to help them, but sometimes he longs to explore beyond this world. We all yearn to visit unique and extraordinary places and for Robot Boy, the most phenomenal place of all is inside his own imagination.

A poetic story about humanity, responsibility and life with dazzling puppetry, interactive film and performance. The Incredible Tale of Robot Boy takes the audience on a journey full of curiosity and wonder.

This production was developed out of our Animating the Brain project, which was initially funded by the Wellcome Trust.


Creative Team

Sue Buckmaster


A brilliant performance with opulent images, rich colours and harmonious sounds.

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