Matthew Robins is an artist and musician from the West Country. Combining live animation, puppetry, music, short films, made-up games and competitive craft wars, Matthew and his band regularly tour the UK, performing stories about animals, death, monsters, the ocean, and love.
Robin’s music is in the Indie-Folk vein. Peppered with pop inflections, the tunes slip easily between tempos that vary from klezmer-like jauntiness to a lilting waltz. The tales they convey are odd slivers of surreal whimsy’ The Times
Matthew is currently translating his live stage animations into a series of short films and music videos, and has recently worked on film commissions from The Barbican, Arts Admin and Opera North. Of these The Guardian wrote, “The whole thing feels like watching a silent movie in which every aspect has been created by a wayward child genius.”
Matthew’s work for the National Theatre has included a collection of non-stop animations for The Light Princess, a musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson, and shadow puppet sequences for Beauty and the Beast, directed by Katie Mitchell, which led Michael Billington of The Guardian to describe Matthew’s work as having “something of the deft of Picasso sketches.”
Currently working on a commission for the Science Museum in London’s new permanent Information Age gallery, Matthew takes commissions from producers for animations and new productions, composers and conductors for orchestral performances and opera and theatre directors and designers for unique contributions to the show;s design element. Bookings can also be made for his live stage animation shows.
For a sneak peek into Matthew’s magic, come this way.