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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Combining illustration, puppetry, live music and theatre, this darkly enchanting show weaves an emotionally-charged, post-apocalyptic adventure story. Like an Al Gore and Tim Burton collaboration to reimagine Pixar's Up!.

In a climate changed world, the few remaining outposts of humanity camp out in shanties atop drowned skyscrapers. The scientists tried everything, from refreezing the ice caps to drinking the rising oceans dry, but to no avail.

With nothing but their little house and farm, a tree and an outboard tinny, Alvin and his wife live a happy life despite the downfall of Earth. Until one day, she gets sick. Then she succumbs.

When his wife's spirit escapes into the depths, Alvin is lost. But he soon gets his chance to be a hero. A special underwater suit has been created, which could unlock the key to rebuilding Earth and saving humanity. I won't give too much away, but it's totally scientifically accurate.

For a one-man show, Tim Watts manages to create a densely rich experience for his audience. His golden voice carries the sweet acoustic songs beautifully. Transitions between animated sequences and puppetry are perfectly executed. The puppets and props representing Alvin, and the mysterious creatures he meets in his travels, are the perfect mix of household items and handmade works of art.

I honestly can't fault Alvin Sputnik. It is sweet and captivating, and vividly imagined. Like most modern animation, it will appeal to both children and adults.

Theatre company The Last Great Hunt also has an adults-only show, Bruce, appearing at the Royal Croquet Club. I recommend putting both on your to-see list.

Alvin Sputnik transcends from a tale of woe to an uplifting story of how true love can save the world. Packing a big emotional punch, it will move you from joy to tears and everything in-between.

★★★★★

For show times and to book tickets, see the Fringe guide.

Jen St Jack

Jen St Jack

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