Things I'm working on at the moment

Before Us (my latest solo show)

This year in Edinburgh I premiered my new solo show Before Us, it went pretty well but I'm always trying to make things better, so I'm still tinkering with it. I'm very excited to be taking it to Australia in early 2015 to present it's latest rendering. I'll give you more details soon!

Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger... Again

Also in Edinburgh this year Dr Brown and I reunited to start making a brand new show. We did 5 pretty exciting and experimental work-in-progress shows. Since then I've also visited the Dr in Los Angeles where we did a few work-in-progress shows. It is coming along very nicely and we're excited to be bringing the show to Australia in early 2015. Tickets are already on sale here for our Melbourne shows. I'll let you know about more Australian shows soon!

Remount of Mr Sole Abode by Unfinished Business (directing)

I'm directing the remount of this very exciting solo show written and performed by Leo Kay at Unfinished Business. It will be touring the UK in 2015.

Musical, Det Andre Teatret, Oslo (writing)

I'm currently writing a musical for Det Andre Teatret, Oslo. There will be more information on this project available soon.

Kids Show, Det Andre Teatret, Oslo (directing)

I'm also directing a show for young people at Det Andre Teatret, Oslo. There will be more information on this project available soon.


    Some nice things that have been said about the show in Australia

    Perth Now 
    "A combination of live music, poignant storytelling and physical comedy, She Was Probably Not A Robot is heartbreaking, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny."

    Adelaide Advertiser 
    "Side-splittingly funny, heart-wrenching and utterly absurd this is a beautiful piece of theatre from one of Tuxedo Cat’s finest. Stunning."

    Adelaide Theatre Guide
    ★★★★ and a 1/2
    "with its ridiculous humour, highly original plot and artfully-questionable use of props and blocking, this laugh-out-loud production is not one audiences are likely to forget"

    Rip It Up 
    ★★★★  and a 1/2
    "Stuart Bowden is a smart guy. He has created a very funny and whimsical show about something that’s actually quite serious. Excellent!"

    Talk Fringe



    She Was Probably Not A Robot

    Coming Soon

    Feb 11 - 15

    Feb 20 - Mar 2

    My 2013 in Music

    These are my favorite songs of 2013. In a rough order. for some of them I have noted the first time I heard them.

    San Francisco - Foxygen

     Song for Zula - Phosphorescent

    Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett

    Open - Rhye

    Bugs Don't Buzz - Majical Cloudz

    Smother - Daughter

    The first time I ever heard this song I was on a packed train at the end of a tired day. It was cold on the platform, I was pushed inside, I ended up near a man who kept making faces at a small boy who wouldn't smile, no matter what.

    Won't You Come Over - Devendra Banhart

    Dancing in a candle lit lounge drinking/mostly spilling wine.

    Pretty Boy - Young Galaxy

    Song For The Sold - Kishi Bashi

    Riding through a neighborhood I've never been through on the way back from portabello market. tall mansions. I went down a little street past some important building maybe it was an embassy or something, anyway there was a police guard out the front with a machine gun. I rode past quickly, he whistled I looked back and he was waving me back. I turned around, took out my headphones, rode back - thinking I was either going to be shot or something and he said "this is a oneway street, I'd hate to see a car come round the corner and clean you up"

    Ironworks - Baths

    Advance Falconry - Mutual Benefit

    Night, maybe midnight, port, candles, by the window.

    Chum - Earl Sweatshirt

    Early morning. Cold street, walking or kind of running - I'm late. Crossing streets, anxious drivers already angry drivers. They woon't let me cross. They're on the way to work, maybe they do this everyday, maybe not, but theres no need to worry so much.

    Even If We Try - Night Beds

    Late morning, one of those really crisp sunny ones, hearts sore these mornings. I'm by the canal, the bright bounces.

    Riptide - Vance Joy

    I was running, just for fun, I did that once or twice a year - at those times when I was really not sure what else to do.

    Somebody to Love - Valerie June

    Les Enfants - Celeste

    Kicking leaves, kicking leaves in the park, slap a tree trunk - slap a tree five - why not?

    Small Plane - Bill Callahan

    Going down to the shops for groceries, getting lost in the horizon, getting lost in the song.

    Darkside - Paper Trails

    Patroling the streets, searching for some fireworks, got to get some fireworks for Remember Remember. That guy who normally opens up a wardrobe full of fireworks this time of year, where is he now? where is he when I need him?

    Hannah Hunt - Vampire Weekend

    Manhattan - Cat Power

    And Then I Found Myself In The Taiga - Norwegian Arms

    Retrograde - James Blake

    My Old Friend - Sam Amidon

    Byegone - Volcano Choir

    Ka Moun Ke - Rokia Traore

    Ritual Union - Electric Guest

    Well You Better - Yo La Tengo

    Learning - The National (cover)

    Put A Light On - Generationals

    Dropla - Youth Lagoon


    Hey there web friends

    I'd really like to invite you to a cool new party

    it's called

    the location is

    and the time is now.


    Probably Not A Robot in London

    December 11th, 12th and 13th

    Camden People's Theatre | 7.30pm


    Off the back of a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe season multi-award winning Australian theatre maker Stuart Bowden presents the London premier of She Was Probably Not A Robot.

    She Was Probably Not A Robot is a lo-fi, DIY, off-beat, sci-fi, storytelling experience; a surreal, soulful comedy about a decomposing world and a cosmic visitor.  When the world ends in flood and fire, one man, asleep on his air-mattress, floats out of his bedroom window, through burning debris and out to sea to be the sole survivor and last hope for humanity. This is an enchanting tale adorned with simple storytelling and physical comedy. Stuartʼ s smartly crafted writing, combined with his joyful performance makes for an uplifting tale of loneliness, grief, hope and silliness.

    Nominated for the Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

    "he creates a hilarious, bittersweet and completely enthralling world"
    Three Weeks

    "utterly compelling from the start to finish"
    Broadway Baby

    "Phenomenal one man wonder show... Stuart Bowden is an absolute genius... With live music, bizarre storytelling and perfect physical comedy, She Was Probably Not A Robot will leave you with a skip in your step and a smile on your heart"
    Edinburgh Guide

    "gorgeous notes of melancholia"
    The Scotsman

    "a subliminal masterpiece"
    The Stage

    "Deliciously bleak humour... laugh out loud funny and heartbreakingly poignant"

    December 11th, 12th and 13th

    Camden People's Theatre | 7.30pm


    Camden People's Theatre

    58-60 Hampstead Road

    London NW1 2PY, United Kingdom
    +44 20 7419 4841


    ★★★★ from Exeunt - She Was Probably Not A Robot and The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart From Us

    "Deliciously bleak humour... laugh out loud funny and heartbreakingly poignant"
    Exeunt, UK


    Something Old and Something New for Brighton

    November 3
    5pm, Brighton Dome

    7pm, Brighton Dome

    This is a picture of me when I was young (two years ago), but immensely wise. I was warming up to do the first preview of my first solo storytelling show called The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart From Us - I look nervous. My warm up consisted of staring at a bit of blue tack for half an hour, whilst holding two oranges. It all went pretty well (the warm up and the show). I last performed this show in Edinburgh 2011 but I will be doing it again on Sunday (Nov 3rd 2013) at Brighton Dome. This excites me. As I re-learn the show I remember how much I love it. It has a pretty big heart, it may be my best work, did I peak too soon? Maybe. Has everything been trivial after? Who knows? I don't know, but what I do know is it makes me happy to be doing it again. 

    This is me now (a couple of months ago). I'm warming up to do my first preview of my latest show She Was Probably Not A Robot. My warm up has changed quite a bit (I now take 2 hours before the show to try and point at everything in the room).  I know I look happy and confident but I was probably quite nervous (because I still had a lot of things in the room that I had not yet pointed at). I'm also doing this show at Brighton Dome on Sunday.


    Tomorrow at the fountain

    The craters on the moon are insignificant tonight. Old things don't mean anything to you
    right now. Not when you're feeling like this. The shadows of those trees, the mountains that
    stare over you, the occasional left over cloud from a rainy day lit by the moon, 
    it means nothing. 

    The ancient rain that runs down the hill, fills the puddles, like it always has, wets your feet,
    it's irrelevant tonight.

    You're standing at the bar now, your shoes squeak. 
    Your thoughts are loud but you still can't make out the lyrics. 
    Everyone around you is percussive.
    A timpani of tongues bumping around their mouths, clacking lips smack around their faces,
    as they laugh and banter. 
    Slapping backs, 
    jangling coins, 
    flapping notes, 
    slugging drinks, 
    tapping footsteps.
    Quick noise that never stays. 
    But then she glides past like a flute in the racket. Like a shark from the fog, sliding down a
    grassy hill, swimming through the blades in the night, belly grass-stained green.   

    She willingly scatters her glances all over you. 
    Her eyes shine like shattered glass in the moonlit dew. 
    Your coins twinkle when the moons out like this, 
    Coins are counted for one more when the moon's out like this. 
    You can't think. You loose your coin count.
    It's not a good sign as the barman hovers, 

    you can do this, just focus. 

    It's done.
    Well done.
     But you look around and she's gone like a shark in the trees.

    A thick-armed drummer swings around with a laugh. His elbow hits your face. Your own
    tooth pierces your own lip. Your own blood dribbles out. 
    Where did that come from? It's like you've been exposed to something you cant perceive.
    The drumming stops around you, someone places a beermat under your bleeding face, you
    don't make eye contact, you can't. You just look down. The barman returns with your drink,
    but offers you his cloth instead. Who do you think you are? Sitting in the bar with your
    blood face. 
    The blood runs from you, but you cannot run from it on a night like this. 

    She appears, 
    the flute,
    the shark,
    but this time she's a bird on your shoulder, only she's too big for your shoulder and she's got a tissue. 

    You drain into her tissue.

    By the time you leave you've stopped bleeding and you have a name: Anna. 
    And a number: 4. 
    And some letters: p and m. 
    And a place: the fountain.
    And a day: tomorrow.  


    She Was Probably Not A Robot | Edinburgh reviews

    "he creates a hilarious, bittersweet and completely enthralling world with a rag-tag homemade feel"

    "utterly compelling from the start to finish"

    "With live music, bizarre storytelling and perfect physical comedy, She Was Probably Not A Robot will leave you with a skip in your step and a smile on your heart"

    "gorgeous notes of melancholia"

    "a subliminal masterpiece"

    The Stage | Edinburgh Fringe review | She Was Probably Not A Robot

    "a subliminal masterpiece"

    The Scotsman | Edinburgh Fringe Review | She Was Probably Not A Robot

    "gorgeous notes of melancholia"

    Edinburgh Guide | Edinburgh Fringe Reviews | She Was Probably Not A Robot

    "Performer and writer, Stuart Bowden, is an absolute genius"

    Broadway Baby | Edinburgh Fringe review | She Was Probably Not A Robot

    "utterly compelling from the start to finish"

    ThreeWeeks | Edinburgh Fringe reviews | She Was Probably Not A Robot

    "It’s richly emotional, quietly beautiful, and an absolute joy to watch"


    These are the shows I'm doing in Edinburgh this year

    She Was Probably Not A Robot

    This is my shiny new tin-foil-clad solo creation. If you saw The Beast or The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart From Us, this is a much darker but sillier show than those. It's stupid, sad and strange. It has more of a tormented (playfully) quality to it. Out of all of my solo shows I've had the most fun making this one. And I have the most fun performing it. If you're going to be in Edinburgh or know anyone who is, please come and invite anyone you think might be into that sort of thing. This is the Facebook event if that helps

    I'm also doing this show:

    Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger

    This is back for it's third year, but this time only for two shows so please book in advance. It's a show for everyone.

    And down here you'll find a secret:

    The Lounge Room Confabulators

    This is a last minute addition to my Edinburgh offerings. A show that comes to you. My good friend and master storyteller Wil Greenway, is bringing his solo show A Night to Dismember, to Edinburgh. So we're re-uniting to re-kindle the show that we performed two years ago The Lounge Room Confabulators. This show is performed in peoples homes. The way it works is one person invites us round, they invite their friends, we show up and perform to them and then we leave. And it's pretty cheap too, you just have to pay £5 per person (minimum 6 people) and £20 to cover our taxi to and from your place. If you are interested in booking this show please send an email to and we can work out a time and date.


    The Week After Andrew Left

    Hotel. Andrew sprawls on top of the bed. Naked, stretching his arms and legs like a poorly broken egg, surrounded by the sea of blanket whites. Sun sizzles through the shitty blinds and the blankets get whiter. Andrew flips himself under, to avoid the light.

    Lucy's not there, she's in a different country, a different time zone, she's walking with the horizon's old sun in her eyes. The familiar footpath to the post office, in her hand a slip of paper that says she has a parcel to collect. There's a relaxed pigeon in the gutter ahead, soaking up the last bit of sun after a big day. As Lucy approaches, the pigeon, let's call him Steve, Steve freaks out, starts walking away. Freaks out a bit more, starts running. Shits itself and flies into the air. Swoops around and flies straight for Lucy.  Lucy flinches first and the pigeon claps with delight into the distance.

    Andrew jolts out of bed, like he's been burnt and his day begins. Shower, slow, like a carwash, he stays still and everything seems to happen outside of him. The rest of the day is like that. He's in the car, he takes his hands off the wheel and he is guided through. 

    Lucy sits in the park, holding a shitty tin whistle. She's pretty happy with herself. Blows on it a little too hard and it screeches loud across the park. A dog gets mad and thinks violent thoughts. Lucy's oblivious, happy and foot-tapping like some sort of medieval folkie, it's sickening to watch.

    Steve, stands in a circle of friends (and some passers-by who have stopped) beside the fountain and recounts his recent interaction. There is cheering at his victory and a general insurrectionary outrage among most pigeons there. Their day in the sun will come.