selection of Matthew Robins recent public work
(an ongoing selection of personal projects and other artworks can be found on instagram @matthewjamesrobins)
May 2021 - Weak Transmission - collaboration with Tim Spooner for the Norwich Arts Festival
December 2020 - La Petite Boheme premieres at Opera North
August 2020 - live film adaption of Flyboy and the Robot commissioned by Little Angel Theatre
July 2020 - January 2021 - La Petite Boheme - an animated adaption of act iii of La Boheme, commissioned by Opera North
January 2020 - Our Fertility Fest Journey - animated documentary for Fertility Fest
January 2020 - premiere of new show NICE at Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, also tours to Lyric Theatre, Bridport
January 2020 - Butterfly - official lyric video for Cat Stevens, animated and directed by Matthew Robins
December 2019 - "Matthew Robins wants you to have a NICE Christmas" live at the Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
December 2019 - makes animations for Figs in Wigs' Wind in the Willows at Cambridge Junction
November 2019 - exhibits at the 35th annual open exhibition at Southwark Park Galleries
November 2019 - Toy Heart - official lyric video for Cat Stevens, animated and directed by Matthew Robins
September 2019 - Requiem for the Hatters, a song cycle written and performed by Matthew Robins and Hester Goodman at the Lyric Theatre, Bridport
February 2019 - Matthew's Puppet Film Club, a new monthly film night begins at the Little Angel Theatre
February 2019 - Drip begins new UK tour with Josh Tucker
December 2018 - January 2019 - Cobwebs, official music video for GypsyFingers
December 2018 - Drip runs at the Bush Theatre, London, performed by Andrew Finnigan
August - October 2018 - Gold, official music video for Fyfe & Iskra Strings
Spring / Summer 2018 Drip tours the UK / Edinburgh Festival, with Andrew Finnigan
March 2018 - Rain Falling Up performed at Ulster Hall
January 2017 - The Iron Man: an adaption directed and designed by Matthew Robins from the story by Ted Hughes, opens at the Unicorn Theatre, Southwark.
December 2016 - The Matthew Robins Christmas Show performed at the Ustinov Theatre in Bath, and Grow Elephant in Elephant and Castle
Summer 2016 - writes songs with Tom Wells for Broken Biscuits, a play (by Tom Wells) with songs, produced by Paines Plough, tours throughout autumn 2016
Summer 2016 - makes Animation is Fun, a series of educational animation videos commissioned by the Unicorn Theatre
April 2016 - writes Crossrail 360, a song for a BBC crossrail video (ideally you would watch this with a 360 VR thing)
February 2016 - performs in Literary Death Match (and wins!) at the Southbank Centre
February 2016 - designs and makes shadow puppets for the Rifko Arts new musical, Laila
January 2016 - January 2017 develops an adaption of The Iron Man for the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark, London.
December 2015 - performs new songs on BBC radio show CLICK
December 2015 - performs The Matthew Robins Christmas Show at the Lyric Theatre, Bridport
October 2015 - performs The Matthew Robins Show at the London Suspense Festival
October 2015 - Bluebottle performed at the Derry Choral Festival
October 2015 - performs The Matthew Robins Show at the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival
October 2015 - makes animations for The Special Relationship's Moby Dick Unabridged readings at the Southbank Centre, London
June 2015 - ZOOM=ORPH - animation commissioned by the New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent, for the Behold festival.
April - May 2015 - animations and music videos for Kid Carpet and the Noisy Neighbours, Egg Theatre - Theatre Royal Bath, and touring
March 2015 - animations for The Secret Garden (the musical), directed by Alysha Haran, Toyko
December 2014 - Matthew creates and performs live silhouette animations for Hansel and Gretel with the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall, Dublin
November 2014 - Bluebottle premieres at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Music by Brian Irvine, Words by John McIlduff and live animation by Matthew Robins
November 2014 - A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing opens at The Ark in Dublin and then tours. Music by Brian Irvine, Words by John McIlduff and live animation by Matthew Robins
November 2014 - The Information Age gallery opens at the Science Museum, London. Animations, music, puppets and other things in the Cable storybox made by Matthew Robins
September 2014 - made a sequence for David Huntsburger's Animated Stand-up Special.
June 2014 - animated sequences created for Phil Collins' Tomorrow is Always Too Long, commissioned by the Common Guild for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. (animation assistant - Lawrence Rowell)
- Something Very Far Away continues touring, including Paris and Australia.
March 2014 - completed Peter, Lily and the Nose - stop-motion silhouette film, for Dumbworld and Northern Ireland Screen
March 2014 - New Teles - official music video for Led Bib, directed and animated by Matthew Robins, from their album, The People in your Neighbourhood
August 2013 begins designing and building new exhibition installation for The Science Museum, London
November - December 2013 - designed and performed live shadow puppet selections for The Nutcracker for the RTE orchestra.
March - October 2013 - designed and made stop-motion animations and projection backgrounds for The Light Princess, a musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson - opened at the National Theatre, October 2013
December 2012 - The Little Match Girl Passion, by David Lang. Matthew Robins live animation commissioned by Opera North Projects.
June 2012 – Something Very Far Away by Matthew Robins and Mark Arends opens at the Unicorn Theatre, Southwark.
(WINNER of 2012 Off West-End Theatre Awards, Best Production for Young People; nominated for 2012 TMA awards, Best Show for Young People)
Matthew and his band perform at the Little Angel Theatre
December 2011 – Flyboy is alone again this Christmas opens at Howard Assembly Room, for Opera North
August 2011 – London Zoo / Pestival commission new installation, Roboinsects. a science-fiction cardboard fantasy.
July 2011 – workshops The Light Princess at the National Theatre, a new musical by Tori Amos and Sam Adamson, directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Rae Smith
June 2011 – Lullaby (a sleep-over show) commissioned by the Barbican, produced by Duckie, music written and performed by Matthew Robins.
May 2011 -performs Rain Falling Up for the closing night gala at the Aosta International Choral festival, Italy
April 2011 - Matthew and his band perform live at the BFI, London
March 2011 - Matthew and his band perform 2 sell-out nights at the Little Angel Theatre
February 2011 - Matthew and his band perform at the Manipulate puppet festival in Edinburgh
January 2011 - Matthew and his band perform at the Tate Britain, for Late at Tate
December 2010 - Flyboy is alone again this Christmas premieres at the Barbican Pit theatre and runs for three weeks.
new show Gorgets & Bistouries commissioned by the Hunterian Museum, in collaboration with Elaine Duigenan, premieres at the Royal College of Surgeons
Matthew's live album, Noah's Ark, is released.
November 2010 - Beauty and the Beast opens at the National Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell, shadow puppet sequences by Matthew Robins.
October 2010 - Matthew and his band record a live album, Noah's Ark, at the People Show studios in East London.
You can download it from iTunes or Amazon.
Postcards from Dumbworld premieres at the Belfast Opera House
August 2010 - creates new shadow puppets for Postcards from Dumbworld, a new opera
June 2010 - Matthew premieres two new shows at the Barbican Art Gallery, as part of "Surreal House" - InsectOpera: the Windy Day and AlienSilentMovie.
Matthew performs The Death of Flyboy & other stories at the Barbican’s "101 Things to Do" launch party
April 2010 - residency at BAC for the Scratch Festival, Matthew and his band present 3 nights of Sad Lucy: a fish opera, written in collaboration with Viviane Schwarz
Matthew and his band perform at the Little Angel Theatre
March 2010 - Matthew and his band perform at the London Word Festival, a candle-lit show in St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, with Ian McMillan, Daniel Kitson and Terry Saunders
Matthew collaborates with composer Brian Irvine and writer John McIlduff to make live animations for Rain Falling Up, a modern oratorio for children. Premiere performance at the Waterfront, Belfast, with the Ulster Orchestra.
Matthew plays guitar on stage for first time ever, at Duckie.
February 2010 - Matthew and his band perform at the Manipulate festival in Edinburgh, as part of Puppet Grinder Cabaret.
Matthew and his band perform at Duckie's Valentine's ball at B.A.C.
Matthew creates two new shows for the Yarn Festival; Biscuit Jurassic Park for Movies in Minutes, and chapters 11 & 12 of The Odyssey for Four Stories High.
December 2009 - Matthew is in residence at Battersea Arts Centre, and begins work on a new show, Sad Lucy - a fish opera, lyrics by Viviane Schwarz.
October 2009 - Matthew and his band open the 2009 Bath International Puppet Festival performing The Death of Flyboy and Other Stories
September 2009 - Matthew performs episodes from The Death of Flyboy at Wilton's Music Hall, for Stranger than Paradise's 6th birthday celebration shows.
August 2009 - World premiere of the Sarah Alexander Arts commission Cabin Doors To Manual
Matthew Robins' Science Fiction Double Feature continues at the National Theatre.
performs Flyboy and the Robot at Clumber Park, for the House of Fairytales
July 2009 - opening night of Matthew Robins' Science Fiction Double Feature at the National Theatre; Matthew screens the first performance of Flyboy and the Robot.