The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik
Performed with considerable skill and charm by Tim Watts, this one-person show takes a sweet and imaginative approach to some dark subjects. Alongside Alvin's mission to save the earth – a mission that involves searching the bottom of the ocean for the volcano that leads to world at the centre of the earth, no less – runs a personal journey, that of reconciling himself to the recent death of his beloved wife.
The show is a touch languorous in its
pacing: the live songs Watts performs on the ukulele in particular do
not take the story anywhere, even if they are sweetly melancholic.
It's also overly sentimental at times, relying too heavily on the
audience being charmed by Watts's admittedly adorable creations. But
despite these faults, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik
has real heart and is likely to bring as much delight to Edinburgh
audiences as it has done elsewhere on the international festival circuit.