Gruffalo geniuses Tall Stories deliver My Brother the Robot

This article is from 2013

My Brother the Robot

The mechanical family story will appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Annoying as siblings can sometimes be, having an in-house playmate has definite advantages. Unable to procure one through the usual route, the little girl in Tall Stories’ new show obtains one from her father, an inventor who knows a thing or two about robots.

Best known for their superb adaptations of picture books such as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Tall Stories has also crafted some captivating stories from scratch, the latest of which is My Brother the Robot. As always with this company, the show features catchy tunes and poses a few interesting questions.

‘The idea for the show was a little girl who’s an only child and wants a sibling – so her dad builds her a robot little brother,’ explains director, Toby Mitchell. ‘Then we wanted to see how the little girl would react to it. How would she teach it or programme it? Would she get annoyed when it gets things wrong? And would she start believing it was alive? Companies are actually creating companion robots for children and older people right now, so this idea is not so far-fetched.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–25 Aug (not 14), 2.55pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.

My Brother the Robot

  • 4 stars

When Bobbie tells her inventor dad that she's lonely, he gets to work to build her a little robot brother. A new show combining humour, music and storytelling from Tall Stories, recommended for ages 3+.