The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik

4 Stars

****

Tim Watts’ one man show is an absorbing and impressive blend of many art forms, ranging from the high-tech to traditional puppetry. Animation both live and cartoon-like as well as prepared sequences takes the audience on Alvin Sputnik’s deep sea mission.

The opening scenes convey Alvin’s personal tragedy in the death of his wife and the disaster that has struck the world. Global warming has resulted in billions perishing due to flooding.

Alvin volunteers to dive to the ocean depths to unlock a huge rock structure which will provide a home for those who have survived the floods. His motivation to risk his own life comes from the only part of the show where Tim Watts talks to the audience. On his downward passage there are obstacles to overcome but also some friendly assistance. The music which accompanies the action is a mix of Tim Watts own songs and well known recorded tracks.

Does Alvin save the world or perish? It is not for me to reveal the ending in this humorous and cleverly performed show.

Reviewed by Ben

Underbelly Cowgate – Belly Button: 61a

4 to 28 August 2011 (not 16)

18.00 – 19.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 236

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