BRUCE, a groundbreaking new show at the MECC, will let the audience pay what they feel the show is worth.
BRUCE, a groundbreaking new show at the MECC, will let the audience pay what they feel the show is worth. Jamie Breen

Pay what you want at this stage show

IN A daring attempt to engage Mackay's performing arts enthusiasts, a new show coming to the MECC in June will allow audience members to 'pay what you want'.

BRUCE will take to the stage on June 12 and is sure to captivate the audience and pique their curiosity.

A piece of mattress foam and two googly eyes, Bruce is brought to life by skilled puppeteers Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver.

The show's promoters describe their creation as "a loveable screw-up”.

"He's got one last shot at redemption but, with a lifetime of regrets hunting him down, he's running out of space-time,” a spokesperson said.

Billed as a lo-fi puppetry spectacular, Bruce is animated in a black box theatre scenario and the audience is taken on a rollercoaster journey through his life.

Created by Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Llyod, BRUCE isn't the first puppetry show they have assembled, with two others receiving critical acclaim internationally.

The most popular, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, tells the story of a deep space explorer whose partner passes away at the beginning of the show, and as he watches her spirit fall to the bottom of the ocean he begins a long and beautiful journey to find closure. Animated by the creator of BRUCE, Tim Watts, he masterfully uses his hands to tell the heartwarming story of love at the end of the world.

Taking that storytelling ability into BRUCE, the show will sweep you away on an epic adventure of love and revenge.

Tim Watts, from the company The Last Great Hunt, said BRUCE was like nothing audiences had ever seen.

"He may be just a yellow block of foam, but Bruce is out to prove he's got a heart of pure gold. Fusing mime and puppetry, Bruce is a non- stop rollercoaster of action, adventure and low-fi nostalgia,” he said.

Originally presented in 2013 at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth, BRUCE, supported by the Australian Council for the Arts, is taking his story across Australia.



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