The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a multi award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.
The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans themselves. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live.
Alvin Sputnik, who has just lost his wife, accepts this perilous mission so that he may to follow her soul down to the underworld so that they can be together again once more.
Created by Tim Watts, who employs an unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.
The show was created as part of the Blue Room Theatre program in Perth, Western Australia. It was made by Tim Watts in collaboration with Arielle Gray. It was created through many experiments and showings to friends and fellow artists in Perth.
It debuted in May 2009 at the Blue Room Theatre where It received rave reviews, performed to sell out crowds, and won awards for “Best Production”, “Best Production Team” and “Members Choice”. Since then, it has toured to sold out houses and rave reviews all over the world including: Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Dublin, Seoul, Taipei, Auckland, and New York receiving numerous awards including ‘Best Production’, ‘Members Choice’ and ‘Best Production Team’ at 2009 The Blue Room Theatre Awards, ‘Outstanding Solo Show’ at the New York International Fringe Festival, ‘Best Theatre’ at Auckland Fringe Festival, ‘Best Puppetry’ at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and ‘Best Male Performer’ at Dublin Fringe.
Created by: Tim Watts
Creative Advisor: Arielle Gray
Technical Advisor: Chris Isaacs
Sean Walsh, Producer
The Last Great Hunt
North, Central and South America:
Laura Colby, Director
“...an endearing Australian solo show...akin to a theatrical “Wall-E.” - New York Times
“I highly doubt any $40 million Broadway spectacles could pack such an emotional wallop into two-and-a-half hours as Mr. Watts does into 45 minutes.”
“utterly enchanting storytelling.” - NZ Herald
“If Pixar had a theatrical division, one would think (and hope) they'd create something like this show.” - NYTheatre.com
“absorbing, touching and uplifting”
- The Australian