Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY presents A PERTH THEATRE COMPANY AND WEEPING SPOON PRODUCTION - THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK: DEEP SEA EXPLORER by Tim Watts at the Darlinghurst Theatre.
Tim Watts is the star of this show. He is a star. He is totally, totally winning and his show is totally, totally charming. He is the performer, deviser, director, producer, puppeteer and animator of this show and he pulls all these tasks off totally, totally wonderfully. I can only urge you to go.
Using computer graphics and moving images and wonderful puppet creations, funny voices, a reasonably played ukulele and a soundtrack including sounds innocently and, for me, nostalgically like Human League's 'ELECTRIC DREAMS', Mr Watts tells the story of the hero, Alvin Sputnik, that conjures up feelings of good vibrations and bitter-sweet melancholy.
The ice cap has melted, the islands and world cities have been flooded. Alvin's wife dies and in search of her spirit that has plunged into the depths, he volunteers to attempt a rescue of the human population, maybe at the risk of his own life. An eco-play for young people it is an experience that no adult should miss.
For the whole population of all ages, I promise you, you will be positively delighted and invigorated. A hit at the last Sydney Festival, in a short season schedule, you'd be crazy not to go and take all of your friends. They will owe you big time.
You can also catch this show at Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW) on Thursday 14th June (7pm), and Wednesday 15th June (10am and 1pm). Check the Weeping Spoon website for more tour dates.
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I saw this show 2 Adelaide Fringes ago - I'm so glad that it is getting a wider audience. He is such a beautiful performer - and I agree, go see it! It's pure, magic theatre. Theatre Magic.
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