The Incredible Tale of the Robot Boy


A new co-production with Schauspielhaus Bochum for ages 6 plus. 

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 the Little Robot Boy takes the audience on a journey full of curiosity and wonder.

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

Production Credits

Director: Sue Buckmaster

Writer: Jimmy Osbourne with Sue Buckmaster 

Associate Director : Charlotte Dubery

Designer: Joanna Scotcher

Composer and Sound Designer: Jessica Dannheisser

Video Designer: Dick Straker

Lighting Designer: Wolfgang Macher

Puppet Maker: Stitches and Glue

Directors Assistant: Judith Skupien

Design Assistant: Laura Immler

Prototype Maker: Naomi Oppenheim


William Bartley Cooper

Fransizka Dittrich

Jost Grist

Kinga Prytula

Mercy Dorcas Otieno

Markus Schabbing

Johanna Wieking

Jing Xiang