Tell Me More // Stuart Bowden

We’re intrigued by Stuart Bowden and his show, She Was Probably Not a Robot, because the reviews are incredible, and the premise is bizarre. We had to know more, so we went straight to the source.

What is She Was Probably Not a Robot about?
It’s a story about a person dealing with a break-up, then one day he wakes up and the world has ended. What’s more, he’s woken up severely hungover and floating out at sea on his airbed. It’s about the end of things: the end of the world, the end of a relationship, the end of a life. And it’s about resilience, hope, rebuilding and taking care of what you have.

Where did the idea come from?
Well, magic, sort of, a type of neural misfire magic. It sort of started with the idea of someone floating at sea on an air-mattress, then I started thinking about climate change and the inevitable apocalypse and it all sort of came from there.

What can audiences expect from the show?
A hairy little man in a headband, a tinfoil box, a fair bit of prancing around, a far-fetched story, a bit of physical comedy, a sad bit, and an abundance of silliness.

Who else are you looking forward to seeing at the NZICF?
Tessa Waters, Snort, Felicity Ward, Alexis Dubus, Beth Vyse, Guy Montgomery, and seeing a whole lot of things I don’t know about yet.

What are the three most influential comedy performances you’ve ever seen?
Hugh Hughes in 360, Daniel Kitson and Tim Key in Tree, Dr Brown.

What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Letters to Emma Bowlcut by Bill Callahan.

What’s your favourite tune of the moment?
Ane Brun – All We Want Is Love

Stuart Bowden’s She Was Probably Not a Robot is playing at the Herald Theatre April 26-30.

For an exclusive G&H discount to the show, enter the code CELESTE at check out.