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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
Photo by Michelle Robin Anderson

Presented by Perth Theatre Company and
Weeping Spoon Productions of Australia
Created and Performed by Tim Watts

2012-13 New Directions Series for Adults & Teens

Apr 26 - 28, 2013
Downstairs Theater
Recommended for Adults & Teens (ages 12 & up)

•Fri-Sat: 8pm
•Sun: 5pm

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 follow her soul down to the underworld so that they can be together again once more.

Created and performed by Tim Watts, who employs a unique blend of puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.

To learn more about Weeping Spoon Productions, click here!

Talkback: Friday, April 26, following 8pm performance

Puppetry Style:
Glove, Animation

Behind the Scenes of
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

About the Show
Alvin began in a puppetry workshop with 'Spare Parts Puppet Theatre' in Fremantle, Australia, in 2007. He was a humble little puppet, just a buoy and a white glove that I instantly had a fondness for. His big head, wide eye, and funny little body - he couldn't be anything but a curious deep sea diver. Friends who saw the little guy in the workshop encouraged me to make a show with him. So with that, and a desire to make a highly tourable, yet still visually interesting show, I created The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer for a slot at the Blue Room Theatre program in Perth, Australia, in May 2009.

It was a thrilling and exhausting process. I collaborated with Arielle Gray, did lots of experiments and little shows for friends, trying to get as much feedback and ideas as possible as to what was fun and what worked. I got my dad, Anthony Watts, to build the set and all the gadgets and just managed to pull the whole thing off in time. We got rave reviews, performed to sell-out crowds and won awards for 'Best Production,' 'Best Production Team,' and 'Member’s Choice.’

Since then, with the assistance of Perth Theatre Company as producers, Alvin Sputnik has toured all over the world, experiencing more sold-out shows, winning more awards, and getting overwhelming responses from audiences and reviewers alike. The show won ‘Outstanding Solo Show’ at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009, 'Best Puppetry' at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Awards, 'Best Theatre' at the Auckland Fringe in 2011, ‘Best Male Performer’ at the Dublin Fringe, and was nominated for Australia’s top performance prize, the Helpmann Award, in 2012.

So far, Alvin Sputnik has been performed in the USA, New Zealand, India, South Korea, the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Hong Kong, Malta, Taiwan, Japan, and all over Australia. It has been a long journey - and we still continue to develop and improve the show as we tour. I am determined to keep it a continual, creative process. If you have any thoughts or feedback, I would love to hear them. Just shoot me an email: Thank you for coming, and I hope you enjoy the show.

  • Tim Watts (Creator/Performer/Animator)
This North and South American tour of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer includes performances in New York City at the Skirball Center for the Arts; in Atlanta at the Center for Puppetry Arts; in the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center; in the International Children’s Festival at Playhouse Square in Cleveland; and at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Pichincha, Ecuador. This tour has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Click here for a Q & A with Tim Watts.

About Perth Theatre Company
Perth Theatre Company creates new work that is fearless, playful, responsive, adventurous, entertaining and ultimately human. We connect Western Australians with artists at the forefront of Australian theatre practice, and engage a national and global audience through unique stories and collaborations. 

About Weeping Spoon Productions
Weeping Spoon Productions is a multi-award winning independent theatre company based in Perth, Western Australia. Since forming in 2005, they have created and toured original productions all around the world to international acclaim.

Find out more about the Production Team here.

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