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The Adventures of Uncle Lubin

An ‘ingenious and charming production….. Burn the Curtain has brought this fabulous tale back to life’ The Guardian .

Film of the performance at Rougemont Gardens, Exeter

‘The Adventures of Uncle Lubin’ by Heath Robinson

Lubin’s little nephew Peter has been kidnapped by a giant Bag Bird, and now he must search high and low if he is ever to find him again…

Join Lubin and ‘Burn the Curtain’ on the great Bag Bird hunt.

A ‘Burn the Curtain’ show is a theatre performance like none other combining the best bits of outdoor theatre, craft making and immersive gaming.

Uncle Lubin Programme

Photography: Rosie Cutbill

6 Comments

  1. M Keyes + family

    June 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    What an extraordinarily fantastic experience you offered my family and I at Greenway on Friday 3 June. Yes, you offered – and we accepted. In fact we grabbed! And we couldn’t get enough. 🙂 So, we will definitely keep an eye out for your next show. Massive thanks from all of us, and a special thank you from our daughter Jo, who loved getting the chance to slip into mermaid mode for a few moments. Good stuff, good stuff.

  2. Just spent a delightful afternoon with the children enjoying a piece of interactive theatre by Burn The Curtain in Northernhay Gardens. They were smashing! All of us were part of the story and the children were totally transported. Check out their Face Book page.

  3. The full article from The Guardian by Susanna Rustin;

    Heath Robinson reconstructed

    ✒ In Pinner Memorial Park on the north-western fringe of London last Sunday afternoon, a man wearing a tall, yellow witch-style hat and a red sash could be seen darting between the bushes, pursued by a crowd of children. This was Uncle Lubin, a character created by the artist William Heath Robinson more than 100 years ago but largely forgotten about since The Adventures of Uncle Lubin fell out of print.

    Joe Hancock of Burn the Curtain theatre company is among those who remember Uncle Lubin very well. He pored over Robinson’s illustrations as a child, and when he went looking for a children’s book to turn into a new piece of outdoor promenade theatre – following last year’s version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lubin’s quest to rescue his baby nephew from the beak of the wicked Bag-bird came to mind.

    So he contacted the Heath Robinson Trust, keepers of 500 works of Heath Robinson’s art which they hope soon to display in a purpose-built extension to West House in Pinner Memorial Park. Last weekend members of the trust, including the artist’s great-nephew Peter Higginson, joined the audience as Burn the Curtain brought his fabulous tale back to life.

    Heath Robinson, who lived in Pinner for 10 years, made his living from advertising and comic illustrations for newspapers and magazines. Most often remembered for his imaginary machines – a model of his mechanical household “The Gadgets” was built for the Ideal Home exhibition in 1934 – he was also a prolific book illustrator who worked on editions of Rabelais, Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare.

    But Uncle Lubin was a one-off – Heath Robinson never wrote another children’s story. And though Burn the Curtain have excised the more violent chapters to avoid terrifying their audience – hapless Lubin somehow manages to kill both a sea-serpent and a dragon-snake in the book – and added female parts including a gorgeous, bottom-waggling queen bee, many details of their ingenious and charming production are true to the original.

    Lubin’s costume is copied exactly from the drawings, so are the giant Bag-bird puppet with its pelican beak, and the submarine that bears Lubin on the underwater phase of his quest – and which is assembled from lobster pots by the children during the performance in a neat allusion to Heath Robinson’s comic fascination for machines.

    Susanna Rustin

    The Adventures of Uncle Lubin is at Greenway House, Brixham, Devon, this weekend and at Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens, Exeter, 23-26 June.

  4. Martin Smith - Swimbridge Events

    July 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    And coming to Swimbridge, North Devon on September 9th – 11th. We’re all really looking forward to it…

  5. Heath Robinson actually wrote two other children’s books – ‘Bill the Minder’ and ‘Peter Quip in Search of a Friend’. Both follow the same picaresque form and would be well suited to future performances by Burn the Curtain.

  6. Bravo everyone! I have tried (unsuccessfully) for over a decade or more to make an animated (hand-drawn, in the original William Heath Robinson style) version of Lubin’s adventures. So I’m delighted to hear that its at last reached the stage! Unfortunately I’m now living in the USA, so its a might too far to travel to see it… but I wish you every success anyway! (And if you hear of a rich angel who wants to see Lubin brought to the big screen… please let me know!) In the meantime, here’s the start we made… http://thelubindiaries.com (Password: WHR)

    Tony. :^{)}=- http://www.tonywhiteanimation.com

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