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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.

The Incredible Tale of Robot Boy was created in 2019 as a co-production between Theatre-Rites and Schauspielhaus Bochum in Germany. This short film was created from footage of that original stage production.

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

Theatre-Rites is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, known for their puppetry and object manipulation work and for creating innovative theatre for children and adults. The company’s mission is to feed the imaginations of young people, giving them a memorable and magical experience by producing pioneering and thought-provoking theatre.

“Theatre-Rites, a company of genuine originality and flair”The Guardian

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Watch On Demand until March 28



Ticket Prices

Standard from £5
Suitable for 6+

Running Time

35 minutes
Build 3.2 17/02/2021