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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

About

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 and mountains. 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.

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 to be together once more.

Having charmed audiences worldwide, and received countless five-star reviews, we are delighted to be able to present this gorgeous production.

‘It is a story about love, loss and heroism in a post-eco apocalyptic world’ – Tim Watts, 2013

ALVIN SPUTNIK is available for touring anywhere internationally. Please contact our Producer at georgia@thelastgreathunt.com

Alvin Sputnik...an endearing Australian solo show told in stick-figure animation and puppetry...akin to a theatrical “Wall-E”.

The New York Times

...an ingenious and beguiling blend of live action, puppetry, animation, music and film to tell a story of love, loss and quiet heroism...

The Guardian (UK)

...one of the most heart-warming and life-affirming shows you'll see...a pocket masterpiece of invention, staging and performance.

The Scottsman

Event details

  • Duration: 45 mins (no interval)
  • Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Price List

  • Full Price (Adult)$44
  • Concession$25

Event Venue

Hawea Flat Hall

  • Venue Address: Camp Hill Road, Hāwea Flat, Otago, 9382, New Zealand
  • &mbsp;Ramp Access
  •  Audio Description

The Artists

Tim Watts

Creator & Performer

Tim Watts is a performer, deviser, director, puppeteer, improvisor and animator from Perth, Western Australia. He is a founding member of The Last Great Hunt and a Sidney Myer Fellowship recipient. He has a passion for creating and performing original, imaginatively engaging theatrical experiences born from improvisation and experimentation.

Since graduating from Notre Dame University, Fremantle with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2005, he has participated in international workshops, including studying clown and physical comedy with Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake California, as well as Puppetry workshops with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle, Western Australia, and Blind Summit in the UK. He has co-created and performed in a plethora of shows, some of which won awards and toured all over the world.

These include: The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (2009), It’s Dark Outside (2012), BRUCE (2014), Monroe and Associates (2015), New Owner (2016), The Irresistible (2017), Stay With Us (2018), Lé Nør [The Rain] (2019), and Whistleblower (2021).

Arielle Gray

Creative Advisor

Arielle Gray is a performer, theatre-maker, director, puppeteer, voice-over artist, improviser and founding artist of The Last Great Hunt.

She has a passion for creating and performing in inventive, original and engaging theatre. Roles include – As Adaptor/performer: Cicada (Barking Gecko). As performer: Cloudstreet (Malthouse/Black Swan), Picnic At Hanging Rock (Malthouse/Black Swan): including at the Barbican Centre, London, My Robot (Barking Gecko) and Laika: A Staged Radio Play (Second Chance Theatre).

For The Last Great Hunt - As co-creator and Director: Whistleblower (Winner ‘Outstanding Direction of a Mainstage show’ Performing Arts WA Awards), Stay With Us. As co-creator/performer: Helpmann nominated Lé Nør [The Rain], Helpmann nominated New Owner, The Advisors, All That Glitters, Falling Through Clouds and Helpmann nominated It’s Dark Outside (ArtsHub critics’ choice ‘innovation’ award). As performer: Bite the Hand, Monroe & Associates, Perpetual Wake and Improvement Club.

Chris Isaacs

Technical Advisor

Chris Isaacs is a writer, devisor, performer, and founding core artist of The Last Great Hunt. As a playwright he has had his works performed nationally and internationally.

Credits include Bite The Hand, York (Co-written with Ian Michael for Black Swan State Theatre Company); the multiple award winning The Great Ridolphi (Blaz Award for New Writing Perth FRINGEWORLD); the multiple award-winning FAG/STAG (co-written with Jeffrey Jay Fowler); award winvning Old Love (Audience Development Award – The Blue Room Theatre); and award winning Flood (PAWA best new play), Bali (co-written with Jeffrey Jay Fowler), and The 1s, The 0s, and Everything In Between (RIPTIDE and ATYP).

As a co-devisor/performer Chris' work includes Lé Nør [The Rain] (Perth Festival) Stay With Us ; All That Glitters; Falling Through Clouds; and the award winning It’s Dark Outside (ArtsHub Innovation Award – 2013 and Helpmann-nominated) for The Last Great Hunt.

Outside of The Last Great Hunt, Chris is a resident artist for Black Swan State Theatre Company and a sessional tutor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Last Great Hunt acknowledges the first peoples of the lands on which we live, play, and work.

We are on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

We pay our respects to these traditional custodians who have nurtured and cared for the land we are on, and we honour their Elders past and present.

We recognise these nations and their long and ongoing contribution to the cultural and environmental landscape we operate within.

Sovereignty of these lands was never ceded.

For more information on these nations and their treasured cultures visit: Noongar Nation and Eora Nation