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Cheers!: The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer by Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia)


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Solo Show x Puppetry x Music x Animation

Our land is being drowned, human has to find a new place to live in the mysterious depths of the blue sea
 

16-17 December 2011 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
18 December 2011 (Sun) 3pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$180

Performed in English, with Chinese surtitles

Additional Performance on

17 December 2011 (Sat) 3pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$180
(Tickets available from 2 Decemberonwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking)

Awards
Best Theatre Show - Auckland Fringe 2011
Best Puppetry - Adelaide Fringe 2010
Outstanding Solo Show - New York International Fringe Festival 2009
Best Production, Best Production Team & Members Choice - Blue Rooms 2009

“… an endearing Australian solo show told in stick-figure animation and puppetry…akin to a theatrical Wall-E “ – The New York Times

“It’s an epic fantastical puppet; live animation music–filled adventure that’s at once heartbreaking and hilarious. If Pixar had a theatrical division, one would think they’d create something like this show.” – Nytheatre.com

"One of the best shows ever to grace the Edinburgh Fringe" – Hairline Fringe

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About the performance
The show is created and performed by Tim Watts, who employs an unique blend of puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.

It 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 production has toured all over the world, including the USA, New Zealand, India and Korea, and has got overwhelming responses from audiences and reviewers alike.
 
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About the Story

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.

 
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Production Team

Tim Watts (Creator / Performer / Animator)
A performer, deviser, director, producer, puppeteer and animator. Tim is a founding member of Weeping Spoon Productions, an international multi-award winning independent theatre company based in Perth, Western Australia. He has performed, devised, directed theatre and participated in workshops all around Australia and the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Beijing, Shanghai, Prague, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, California and New York. Recent credits include, Deathtrap (PICA, Perth), The World Inspite of Itself, Red Lashes (UNIMA 2008, Perth), Greed (Canada Fringe), Hope is the saddest (Brisbane Festival), Duck Duck Goose (The Blue Room, Perth), Oscar and Heart of Gold (PICA, Perth). Tim won the Best Performer at the Dublin Fringe 2011.

Chris Isaacs (Technical Tour Manager)
Worked in independent and professional theatre for the past three years. Chris has credits as a writer, stage manager, mechanist and lighting designer. Recent credits include: The Web (Black Swan and Hot House, Albury/ Wodonga/Perth Seasons 2009), Red Lashes (UNIMA 2008, Perth) and The Goose Chase (Thin Ice 2007).

 
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Programme Length
The programme lasts for about 60 minutes without intermission
 
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Ticketing and Concession

Tickets available from 15 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking

Discount Scheme#
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission

"Cheers!" Series Discount#
10% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes;
15% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes;
20% off for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes.

Group Booking Discount#
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets.
(HKOS 2011 X'mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas offers special group booking discount)

Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase

# All discounts are not applicable to Puppetry Workshop for Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre, Family Workshop by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China and The Creation of Vegetable Musical Instruments Workshop by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria)

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Other programmes in the “Cheers!” Series:

Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre, The Puppet Ballet – The Little Mermaid by Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu Puppet Troupe of China, An Evening of Ballet Music by Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, A Concert of Popular Chinese Music by Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, The Snowman & The Bear by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, A Fantastic Journey @ X'mas by Jumbo Kids Theatre, HKOS 2011 X’mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas, Heroic Boys by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China, Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia), ONIONOISE by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria) and The Little Snowman & Sunflower II by Make Friends With Puppet

 
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Enquiries

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Telephone booking: 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Audience of age 12 or above are welcome, below age 6 are not permitted

Participants are strongly advised to arrive punctually.
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department

 
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