Bruce (4 stars)

This article is from 2015


Credit: Jamie Breen

Alvin Sputnik creators return with space-themed parody

Before donning their masks for their performance, Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd hang out on stage as the audience file in, clad in morph suits but with their faces on show. That's important – it reminds the audience that the hour of puppetry that follows isn't just a dreamy, magical sequence, however much it feels like one. These are real people performing with exquisite skill and perfect comic timing, and the triumph that is Bruce is due completely to their hard work.

Fringe audiences will know Watts and Nixon-Lloyd from past hits, 2011's The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik and 2013's It's Dark Outside. Bruce shares a little more of Sputnik's aesthetic, evoking cinematic influences to create an irresistibly charming tale in which every character is portrayed by an oversize sponge with eyes.

We start off in space as Bruce is trying to make it back to Earth, and the story that follows is a jigsaw puzzle of parody Hollywood blockbuster storylines, from Interstellar to Armageddon. The whole thing is executed at such breakneck speed that it really does come across like an action movie. And when the story feels a little muddled in the middle – and it does – stick with it, because it all comes together in a blissful finale.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 30 Aug, 3.15pm, £11.50–£12.50 (£10.50–£11.50).


  • 4 stars

Underbelly Productions and The Last Great Hunt The creators of award-winning international smash hits The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik and It's Dark Outside are back with a new lo-fi puppetry spectacular that bends time and melts your heart. Keeping you at the edge of your seat, Bruce will sweep you away on an adventure of…