Life for a whale is not all plain swimming. There may be lots of small creatures to eat and plenty of room in the sea but for a whale in modern times, life can be precarious. Immerse yourself in the whale’s tale, as you watch from the shore or submerge yourself in this underwater playground full of surprises and become a part of this large outdoor performance.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be swallowed whole? It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath and dive inside the massive jaws of Manilayo the humpback whale. Become the hero of the story and live to tell the tale.
“The ingenuity of this manifestation must be acknowledged. It spurts water, ups a periscope; its eye – the one we can see – closes, opens and rolls; its huge mouth opens, its tongue lifts; its pectoral fin moves, its tail lifts … It is even able to poop out people! Unseen puppeteer Jamie Bishop does a wonderful job of animating this creature and making us believe.” New Zealand Performing Arts Review
“The whale is spectacular with an eye that helps you believe it is not only alive but intelligent... the play is very charming and has an environmental message that is important for people of all ages.” Lynn Freeman Capital Times
'Just a message to let you know how much my kids (age 6 and 4) and myself loved your performance of 'The Whale's Tale!' We saw it three times - 2 on one day and then the kids insisted on bringing Dad back to see it over the week-end! (They were secretly hoping he would be chosen as the Big Poo)' Nechama (audience member)
'I had a candid conversation with my child only yesterday about how he 'hates shows coz they're boring' yet today we go and see your whale show in Adelaide only for him to ask if he can stay again for the next show! Absolutely brilliant in a totally delightful setting that added to the whole experience. Big, huge, whopping thanks, you made my day!' Kathy (audience member)
Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne &
Windmill Performing Arts Adelaide.