Meet Chris, a 54-year-old artist financially trapped in the house where he grew up. His garden shed has become his new studio; a magical place where he's been resident throughout Lockdown - creating kinetic works of art from the toys of his childhood.
Some artworks have made it to galleries and installations, and others are revealed here for the first time
Enjoy the ride as Chris bursts forth from the shed to the stage, sharing the stories from his "real-life Scalextric" events to a model installation of former PM (BJ) astride a double-decker bus!
His exploration of the absurdities of modern living through his art is interwoven with a real-life quest to Poland to uncover secrets about his extraordinary family heritage. TOY STORIES sees Chris dig up some metaphorical ghosts of the past, as well as a real German tank dating from the Second World War, and reminds us how little has changed in populist politics between then and now.
Part stand-up comedy, part performance lecture, TOY STORIES takes the audience on an irreverent, powerful and hilarious storytelling adventure through art, contemporary politics, twentieth-century history and ...toys!
REVIEWS OF PAST WORK ("Antarctica" and "All Roads Lead to Rome"):
"Live art in all its glory"★★★★★ (Three Weeks, Edinburgh)
"Takes us from the personal to the political, across a great swathe of 20th Century history"★★★★★ (The Scotsman)
"An hour of brilliantly charismatic storytelling"★★★★ (Broadway Baby)