The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, is a family show about death; and it’s a wonderful experience. Through cute animation, deft puppetry, and a delightfully whimsical soundtrack, theatre company The Last Great Hunt, and specifically performer Tim Watts, have crafted an engaging show that has both adults and children alike in rapture.
The earth has become one large ocean and those few people who survive are forced to dwell in tiny houses perched precariously atop the tallest structures in the world. An alternative must be found before humanity is wiped out completely. After the death of his wife, Alvin Sputnik volunteers to dive down into the depths of the ocean to try to find a prophesised new world. The ocean also happens to be where Alvin saw his wife’s soul disappear and he’s desperate to be reunited with her.
The unfolding story is one of beauty and harsh reality; the demise of the world as we know it and the death of many is not sugar coated or brushed over but is presented in a hauntingly honest fashion. At the same time, it is also a story of love, hope and bravery and has many very funny and uplifting moments throughout. It is this precise balance of heartbreak and joy which makes it work so well. For children, it’s an opportunity to see something that addresses a subject which adults often avoid talking about with them, presented in a way which is upfront, but not disturbing, and very entertaining. Adelaide audiences are lucky to have a second opportunity to see this excellent show.
Kryztoff rating: 5K