Competition – Win Tickets to ‘How to Build Your First Robot’ @ TDF


We have two tickets to give away to one lucky person for ‘How To Build Your First Robot‘ at Smock Alley on Sunday the 14th of September at 7PM.

To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name and address to and tell us the name rocket scientist who invents the robot in this production (hint: look below). Make sure you put ‘Robot’ in the subject line of the email! Deadline for entries is September 11th at 1PM.

As ever, you can follow us on twitter and a retweet this tweet will get you another entry.

What happens the day you realise you’ll never be an astronaut? You stop dreaming. That’s life, not rocket science. 

This is the story of an unemployed Scientist. And his Robot. A highly physical show about love, loyalty, failure, and the future, at its core is a poignant yet life-affirming exploration of man’s relationship with technology. This is a sci-fi buddy romantic tragi-comedy which proves the only thing that can take you further than a spaceship, is friendship.

Set during the Space Race of the 1960s, How to Build Your First Robot follows a Rocket Scientist (Gerard Adlum) who, unfulfilled due to failed ambitions to become a pioneering astronaut and unemployed due to ‘gross incompetence’, comes up with an idea that might just border on genius. The idea? To build an original Robot (Keith-James Walker) capable of captaining unmanned missions into outer space, no doubt earning the scientist millions of dollars, innumerable accolades and more than a few admiring glances. However, after man inconveniently lands on the moon, his invention becomes obsolete and he is left with a highly advanced Robot butler whose future remains undetermined. Directed by Sarah Finlay (Fast Intent), the style of the show is very clearly influenced by the science-fiction comic books and cartoons that inspired our unusual hero to dream of adventures in the furthest reaches of the Galaxy.


Praise for Monkey Backstage’s production of The Bear’s Tuxedo:

“This one man play is brilliantly performed, perfectly directed” –

“The beauty of the writing and the gay-friendly comedy stirs both laughter and greater appreciation for life” – Le Cool

“A very ambitious production, this company definitely punches above it’s weight – and rightly so”  –



Full Price   €14  /  Concession   €12

Preview (14th September)   €11


Booking (online): programme/how-to-build-your- first-robot

Or in Person at:  Tiger Dublin Fringe Box Office, Filmbase, Temple Bar

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