News

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer April 06 2014

I had been kindly given a complimentary ticket to see a show of my choice at the West End Centre in Aldershot which is run by Hampshire County Council. Normally, I would have chosen to see a band of some sort but I decided to be a bit more cultural and chose to see a one-man animation/puppet show called, "The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer".

This charming tale tells of heartbreak and heroism where the world has suffered a biblical flood and the surviving souls have been forced to live on skyscrapers and mountain tops.

After the death of his beloved wife, Alvin Sputnik is alerted by Earth HQ that something must be done to save the world. Grief-stricken, Alvin Sputnik decides he has nothing to live for but to save the human race from extinction and so goes on a mission diving into the big blue searching for the world at the centre of earth that will save the mankind.

Everything the audience sees has been written, operated and performed by the talented Australian Tim Watts. With the clever use of torches, puppetry, animation, Tim Watts plays the Ukelele, singing sweetly and rather melancholy dressed in a wetsuit. It really is incredible that he performs this all by himself and manages to get the timing just right, although I did ask after the show how he managed timing to which Tim Watts replied that sometimes he didn't but it was enough for the audience not to notice!

The story is tender and Alvin Sputnik is adorable and had the whole audience captivated during the forty-five minute show. Although the show is suitable for children, I think it may be a little too dark and deep for really young children but nonetheless it's a heartfelt story for children and adults alike.

It's a bit of tear jerker but if you don't coming out of the theatre all bug-eyed and bloodshot and you fancy something different, go see this touching fairytastical show... It will truly bring a smile to your face, it did mine...