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Doctor Austin & Sparks in Space!


DOCTOR AUSTIN & SPARKS IN SPACE! – TOURING INFORMATION

A spectacularly silly puppet space adventure that’s out of this world – literally!

 A space science puppet show for the 4 – 8 year olds and their families

 Genre: Children’s Science / Puppet / Entertainment Running Time: 30 or 40minutes

 Written & Performed by Austin Low

Graphics by Russell McGovern

Science Content by Douglas Macdonald

Show Synopsis:

 Puppy Professor Sparks, the all knowing dog, and his puckish pop scientist sidekick Doctor Austin have built a spaceship capable of travelling close to the speed of light. Named the Ice Cream (because it’s so cool,) it carries Sparks on an adventure across the Solar System. Visiting the Moon and Mars, encountering strange characters and defeating an evil Black Hole are all part of the mission.

 Told through an interactive, comical, puppet show the story helps audiences learn about our Solar System, Rockets, the Moon, Mars, Gravity, Friction and the Speed of Light.  

Staging & Technical Requirements:

 Doctor Austin & Sparks in Space brings with it a self assembly puppet booth requiring a stage space of 1 metre square and a height clearance of a 2 metres. A twin power socket with 13 AMP is required on stage. An ‘end on’ style of staging suits the show best and it is preferable if the children can sit on the floor. The audience should be at least 1 – 1 ½ metres from the front of the booth. The shows works best in an intimate setting with a maximum audience of 50 – 60. As mentioned below, multiple daily performances are possible.  

Feedback & Reviews:

 This show is well written, well performed and perfect for any young space enthusiasts in your family.’ – Primary Times

 

Austin Low is an appealing comic and skilful puppeteer’ – The Stage

 

‘I really liked the show, my favourite bits were when Sparks said 'bye smelly pants' and throwing asteroids at the Black Hole.’ -  Mackenzie (Age 4)

 

‘Really enjoyed the show - great to be able to participate as adult and child.’ – C.Lamza

Performance Fee:

 If you want to book us for your event, the average price is only £144.23, excluding travel and, if necessary, accommodation. The show can be performed up to 3 times daily at your event/venue. Please contact us and we will give you further details.


Doctor Austin and Sparks in Space!


An interactive, comical, puppet show that take the audience on a journey through the Solar System and beyond.

Particularly suitable for families with young children, nurseries and P1 and P2 school children.






Book now for Sparks the show to visit your school or event. 

Doctor Austin and Sparks in Space!
 

Puckish Pop Scientist Doctor Austin and cheeky puppy Professor Sparks are back with an all new family puppet science show that's out of this world –literally!


Recommended for ages 4-8 years.

The Show

Puckish Pop Scientist Doctor Austin and cheeky puppy Professor Sparks are back with an all new family puppet science show that's out of this world –literally!

Doctor Austin & Professor Sparks have an important space mission to complete. But they must enlist the help of the audience to become there ‘Space Cadets’ and lend a hand. After a series of astronaut training exercises Professor Sparks unveils the world's first warp powered star ship, the Ice Cream. It is capable of travelling close to the speed of light and powered by the strange and mysterious negative energy.

Once the engines are powered up Sparks begins to explore the Solar System, his first destination the Moon, post bumpy landing he meets the first of his new friends, Mr. Flag. Mr. Flag is the original American flag left behind after the 1969 Moon Landings. He’s a bit lonely and easily excitable! Sparks joins him for a game and leaves behind a flag of his own, a female flag who quickly becomes Mr. Flag’s romantic interest.

The visit is interrupted by a call from Doctor Austin alerting Sparks to an emergency situation. Rover the Robot has become stuck in sand on Mars and needs help!

Wasting no time Sparks heads for the red planet and finds the out of luck robot. After learning about the force of friction Sparks devises a slippery solution to the problem! Once rescued Rover shares some Mars facts with Sparks before he returns to space.

En route back to Earth Sparks encounters a big problem, an evil Black Hole catches him in its grip and begins to suck him in...Sparks is forced to send a Mayday to Doctor Austin seeking a rescue plan.

In the midst of star gazing in the garden Doctor Austin receives the SOS. He devises a plan, using a Black Hole’s favourite food, asteroids we can try and feed it until it is too full to eat Sparks, hopefully....asteroids are issued to the Space Cadets and it’s up to them to save Sparks.

Returning to space the Space Cadets fight the Black Hole, and at first the plan seems to work the Black Hole appears defeated. That is until it returns having massively increased in size, feeding it wasn’t such a good idea!

Sparks quickly comes up with a new plan, using the negative energy from the warp engines to make it collapse. The audience help Sparks build up the energy and finally defeat the Black Hole, unfortunately the Ice Cream is badly damaged and must return to Earth for a crash landing!

A rough descent leaves the Ice Cream pieces and smoke engulfing the garden, Doctor Austin rushes around trying to find Sparks. Locating him under some rubble he is required to administer some mouth to mouth resuscitation! Sparks comes round and accuses Austin of kissing him, Doctor Austin is just relieved he is okay. The mission is over and has been a complete success but only thanks to the efforts of the Space Cadets!

The show is made possible by a grant from the Scottish Government.

Click here to watch the Sparks in Space trailer!




The Characters


Professor Sparks

Professor Sparks, the All-Knowing Dog (Dog, Dog, Dog, Dog, Dog, etc) is a famous puppy scientist best known for his ‘Unified Field Theory of Ice Cream’ which won him a Nobel Prize (in the Ice Cream Category). His Noble Prize was presented by the Queen herself! Now he has a new project, attempting to build a faster than light spaceship and use it to explore the Solar System.

Likes: Ice Cream

Dislikes: Smelly Pants

Never heard of the Noble Prize? Click here to get the inside scoop!


Doctor Austin


Likes: See-Saws

Dislikes: Being called Smelly Pants by Sparks

Doctor Austin has always dreamed of working for a Space Agency like NASA in America or ESA in Europe, find out about them here.




Mr. Flag




Left on the Moon in 1969 after the first Apollo landing Mr. Flag has been by himself for a long time, more than 40 years! He is very proud that he was chosen from thousands of possible flags to visit the Moon. Over his 40 years he has become quite lonely and spends his time playing the Standing Still Game or tending to his rock garden.

Likes: The Standing Still Game

Dislikes: Brussel Sprouts

Discover more about Mr. Flag’s life by reading about the lunar landings here.




Mrs. Flag

Brought to the Moon by Professor Sparks she carries his paw print logo. Her important job is to claim the Moon in the name of Sparks! She always dreamed of flying outside Disneyland but is now much happier on the Moon where she met her husband, Mr. Flag.

Likes: High School Musical

Dislikes: The Standing Still Game



Rover the Robot

Sent all by himself to Mars Rover has an important mission. He has to search Mars looking for interesting and important things. The things he finds and examines help humans on Earth learn more about Mars. Being by himself can cause problems for Rover, when he becomes stuck in the Martian Sand he has no one to help him...until Sparks arrives!

Likes: Looking at stuff

Dislikes: Sparks’ attempts to be funny

Find out more about the Mars Pathfinder Robots here.



Evil Black Hole



Lurking around the galaxy are Black Holes, they are very mysterious, and there is much about them that us scientists don’t know. We do know this one though and it is an ‘evil’ Black Hole, it attempts to eat Sparks and anything else it finds, but hopefully our ‘Space Cadets’ can help defeat him!

Likes: Asteroids

Dislikes: Negative Energy

Read more about Black Holes by visiting this website.






Professor Sparks’ Guide to the Solar System

Solar System

The Solar System is our place in space; it refers to objects that are bound to the Sun by gravity. It has loads of awesome things to see let’s start at the Sun and work our way out

This website has a wicked interactive map of the Solar System – check it out Space Cadets!




The Sun
 is a star like you see in the night sky only much closer! It’s a chunky ball of burning gas, and is very, very hot! It provides important warmth for our home, Earth, without it we couldn’t survive!




Mercury



Mercury
 is the closest planet to the Sun and the smallest in the entire Solar System, it’s very cute! It looks quite like our Moon but sadly it has no Moons of its own. It has an iron core and it extremely dense!





Venus
 is the second closest to the Sun and is a very similar size to Earth. A long time ago people thought it might be like Earth with plants and people! Scientists now know it is to hot there for anyone to live, if you took raw food there it would cook in minutes!





Earth
 is sometimes called the 3rd rock from the Sun! We all live here and it is the only planet in the whole Solar System on which people can live without space suits. Earth has one Moon




Moon



The Moon
 – Also known as Luna can been in the night sky most of the time! It is grey in colour and had loads of craters on it, they were formed when loads of asteroids hit the Moon in the face billions of years ago...that must’ve hurt!



Mars



Mars
 is known as the red planet, because of the colour it can sometimes appear in the night sky. It’s actually more of a brown / butterscotch colour! Humans have never been here, but to go soon, however robots have explored some of the surface. It has two Moons and its orbit takes it just inside of something called the Asteroid Belt.



Asteroid Belt


The Asteroid Belt
 is a part of space where loads of space rocks, called asteroids, float around. These rocks are the left over’s from when the Solar System was made. Although on TV and in films asteroid belts are full of close together rocks, in reality these rocks are much further apart. You’d actually be unlikely to see many if you travelled from one side to the other!



Jupiter



Jupiter
 is the 5th planet from the Sun and the biggest of all in the Solar System. It isn’t solid and doesn’t have a surface like Earth. It is made of gas and water and has constant storms. The biggest storm cloud you can see is called the Great Red Spot, can you spot it in the picture?





Saturn


Saturn
 is best known for is very pretty rings, it’s not the only planet to have them, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune do to, but Saturn’s are the most visible and magnificent! At the last count scientists think Saturn has around 62 moons, what an amazing night sky that must be!




Uranus



Uranus
 is a strange planet, unlike the others it spins on its side! Some scientists think this is because it was involved in a galactic crash a long time ago. It is very similar to the last planet in the Solar System...



Neptune



Neptune
 the eight and most distant planet from the Sun. Like its friend Jupiter it has lots of storms to, its biggest is called the Great Dark Spot. Why do they always give storms scary names?



Pluto



Pluto
, poor old Pluto, it used to be a planet, the ninth until a few years ago when scientists decided it was just to tiny to be a planet and reclassified it a Dwarf Planet. I do like it a lot because it is named after a famous dog like me!





Doctor Austin’s Encyclopaedia Galactica


Asteroid

These are rocks which float about in space, they come in different shapes and sizes 

Black Hole

Black Holes are highly mysterious and dangerous! They are hard to study because they are black, and that makes them almost invisible! 

Earth


Friction

When two things rub together Friction occurs, try it yourself by placing your two hands together and rubbing back and forth, feel the heat? That’s Friction! 

Fuel

This is what makes a spaceship fly, just like petrol makes a car run or food keeps you going! Current spaceships use liquid fuel but a warp ship would use a completely different kind, perhaps negative energy!?! 

Gravity

Gravity is a force that pulls two objects towards each other, the larger the object the greater the pull. Earth is large enough to pull you back to it when you jump in the air! 

Jupiter


Mars


Mercury


Moon


Negative Energy

Negative energy is a strange energy that Scientists find difficult to understand or even find (Apart from Professor Iman...). If found and controlled it could provide a large source of power! 

Nobel Prize

These are awards given to scientists who achieve excellence in a certain category, such as Physics, Biology and Ice Cream...well maybe not the last one... 

Orbit

This is the name for one or more objects travelling in a circular motion around a central object. Like the Earth circles around the Sun. 

Pluto


Robot

This is a machine able to perform certain tasks, like Rover who looks at stuff.

Saturn


Solar System


Sol

Is the Martian word for day. A day on Mars lasts 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds 

Spaceship

A Vehicle capable of getting away from Earth and into space, then surviving the conditions 

Speed of Light

This is the fastest speed scientists have ever discovered! It isn’t a speed limit in the conventional sense. It refers to how fast a beam of light can travel through a vacuum! 

Sun


Uranus


Venus


Warp Travel

This is an idea that no one (apart from Sparks) has been able to try out because the technology needed hasn’t been invented yet. In theory it allows a spaceship to travel close to the very fast speed of light, going great distances very quickly. Maybe you will be the first person to achieve this momentous discovery! 


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Douglas Macdonald,
23 Dec 2015, 04:07
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