Spring 2024/ Theatre/ What's On

Chris Dobrowolski 

Chris Dobrowolski, Toy Stories 2024 at The ShowRoom, Chichester.

Toy Stories   

Thu 29th Feb | Full £12 | Conc £8 | Age 16+

Meet Chris

Chris is a 54-year-old artist financially trapped in the house where he grew up. The garden shed has become his studio, where he tries to create works of art that will allow him to come to terms with the absurdities of modern living – or else to escape his daily life entirely. 

Chris now turns to the stage – where,  in this new show he shares stories of his latest projects, from his efforts to make friends with Essex taxi drivers to his quest to understand more about his Polish heritage (without speaking a word of Polish). 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 adventure through art, contemporary politics and twentieth- century history. 

Reviews of past performances, Antarctica and All Roads Lead to Rome:

***** live art in all its glory

Three Weeks in Edinburgh

***** takes us from the personal to the political, across a great swathe of 20th Century history

The Scotsman

**** an hour of charismatic storytelling

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Image credit: Ashley Day