GETTING TO KNOW: BRUCE

Created by Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd and Tim Watts, meet Bruce, a loveable sponge with a heart of gold!

From the creator of the award winning international hits The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside, The Last Great Hunt brings BRUCE to life for us to witness the incredible comedic-noir story of his life as a self-proclaimed hero-cop turned novelist-astronaut. Using only white gloves, clever lo-fi lighting and the puppet itself, highly skilled puppeteers Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver create a whole world of adventure for BRUCE to battle through, from the depths of the sewers all the way to outer space, turning the puppet from a vengeful, one-eyed Russian cop to an upbeat and airy astrophysicist in the blink of an eye.

The Last Great Hunt is an internationally renowned collective of six Perth-based theatre makers who are creators, innovators, and above all else, explorers, always on the look out for new ideas and new ways of connecting with audiences near and far.

Image Credit: Jamie Breen

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?

Don’t quote me, but I was told I was born from the side of the road in Northbridge – carved from a mattress back in 06, baby!

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

A sponge. A very rectangular YELLOW sponge!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A NOVELIST-ASTRONAUT?

You know what, it just happened! I’m constantly feeling inspired and I’m always soaking up things around me.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SUCCESS AND FAILURE?

Good question! I haven’t mastered the process yet. I think it’s about keeping at it. You know, again and again. Maybe going back and doing it again. Persistence is key!

DO YOU HAVE A LOVE INTEREST?

Who told you about Debbie?! Was it that old guy at the bar?! Yeah, Debbie is a vision of love. I’d do anything for her….

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ADVENTURE?

Believe it or not but I’ve been stuck in a time-loop! Nah, I’m just kidding. Expect to see my greatest adventure on stage!

WHAT CAN CANBERRA AUDIENCES EXPECT FROM YOUR PERFORMANCE ON STAGE?

Expect it to be a rollercoaster of emotions and fun! My friends Nick and Dan are so well in sync and I’m sure they will give everyone a good time. Nick and Dan have been friends of The Last Great Hunt for a long while, so it’s been no surprise to have been partnered with them on this big adventure!

Also, I’m so lucky to (have come out of the box!) and be meeting new people and I can’t wait to see what fun stuff we cook up in Canberra!

WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU CREATIVELY AT THE MOMENT?

I’ve been spending a lot of time writing poetry about my favourite sponge of all time: Debbie. Well, I’ve started writing poetry. It’s mostly with me coming up with ways to incorporate Debbie in limericks. I’m also really into learning to play the piano. I should play you a song!

WHAT ARE YOU READING AND WATCHING CURRENTLY?

Film noirs are all the rage for me at the moment. That and Kindergarten Cop! It’s on repeat.

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