Alfie White: Space Explorer

In this excellent piece of story-telling, Alfie White embarks upon a thrilling everyday adventure that is engaging for all ages. Clever staging combine with flawless acting to create an easily comprehensible and close-to-home story.

The aesthetic is beautiful, with a colourful and simple set that is cleverly adapted to create all the different places that Meg and Alfie travel to in their adventure.

Both actors are full of energy, making the performance a joy to watch. Jordan Turner plays an adorable Alfie, his characterisation failing to leave a heart unbroken amongst the parents in the audience. His voice and movements are big and exciting, without losing the truth of the character, meaning that whilst he is engaging to watch for all audience members, he doesn’t lose the story.

Lucy Tuck masterfully switches from role to role with clarity and precision, playing all the other characters in the story, from Alfie’s scary Grandma to his inquisitive friend Meg. Tuck is a pleasure to watch in every role she plays. Her animated narration and excellent characterisation give the audience a clear understanding of the attribute of each character. She somehow, despite switching from role to role in seconds, manages to keep the story believable.

Space, as a theme, recurs throughout the show as an interesting and inspiring way of looking at the world through Alfie’s eyes. The script is clever on multiple levels, from the fact that is set in the 1960s to create a feeling of nostalgia for the parents, whilst being able to teach the children about the space race. The use of repetition throughout the show has a comedic effect, and makes it easily comprehensible for the kids.

The aesthetic is beautiful, with a colourful and simple set that is cleverly adapted to create all the different places that Meg and Alfie travel to in their adventure. This show is, plainly and simply, a pleasant story told in an exciting way by a pair of talented performers. 

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The Blurb

Alfie White is crazy about space. And his dad is training to be the first man on the moon. At least that's what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, Alfie's dad has disappeared without trace... Together with his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth - or in space - is he? A cosmic tale of adventure and discovery in the latest show from Fringe favourites Tall Stories, the company behind 2014’s sell-out success Emily Brown and the Thing: ‘Vibrant, fun and poignant’ ***** (List).

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