» The Whale

2015 Tour dates

24th May Homewarming Party - opening of HOME, Manchester 11:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 5:00

27th June Didsbury Arts Festival Didsbury Library 12:00 - 18:00

Fri 3 & Sat 4 July 2015 Hat Fair, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Fri 3rd 12-2:30pm & 3:30-6pm and Sat 4th: 11am-2pm & 3-6pm

11th and 12th July 2015 SALTO Festival Menen, Belgium Sat 11th: 7pm - 11.30 pm & Sun 12th 4pm - 8pm

Sat 25th & Sun 26th July 2015 SeaFest Maritime Festival Scarborough

Weds 29th July 2015 Bromsgrove 11:00 - 3:00

31 July / 1 Aug RiverStage 2015 National Theatre, SouthBank, London 12.30 - 3pm & 4 - 6pm

2nd August Stratford on Sea RSC, Stratford upon Avon 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

4th August Batchley, Redditch 11:00 - 3:00

31st August Plum Fest Pershore times tbc


The Whale is an utterly unique, visually stunning aluminium structure on wheels which can be sited outdoors near water, offsetting a building, or on a festival site. Audiences enter through the Whale’s opening mouth one at a time or in small family groups to experience a witty and charming 3 minute theatre show, performed by a solo actor just for them.

There are two different shows currently on offer - one suitable for all ages, and one tailored particularly to family audiences with children of 6 and under. You can book one, or the the other - or both, with the performers deciding which show is most appropriate for the incoming audience.

As well as being ideal for events involving water or environmental themes, the performance can respond to its location and context where appropriate, and can be translated into different languages, with local performers being used.

» Now booking for 2015/6

Last year, the Whale travelled to festivals in Coalville, Norwich, Buxton, Bedford, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Saltaire and Hastings; did mini-tours of venues in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and in Lancashire; and was generally very very busy!

We're now taking bookings for the 2015/6 season - if you are interested, please get in touch with Whale-booker Lou Lomas directly: lou@talkingbirds.co.uk.


» audience comments

"I loved being swallowed by a whale."

"It was very beautiful and funny."

"Unexpected and fabulous."

"Like nothing I have experienced before."

"A Musical Poetic Whale - absolutely fantastic."

"You leave feeling lifted, warm...and with a small gift."

“It is always a pleasure to have the Whale in Theatre Square – and to see all the happy faces on the way out!” [Angus MacKechnie, National Theatre Watch This Space Festival Producer]

“Talking Birds were a really easy company to programme: who doesn’t want a giant whale in their park or on their high street?! They were organised, contactable and always cheerful. We’d happily have them back with another creation...The Whale is a fantastic adventure for children and their grown ups. Really accessible and adaptable for those who might be a little hesitant at stepping into the mouth of a giant tin whale.” [Lyndsey Wilson, Company Manager Cultrapedia Rural Touring /Spot On Lancashire]

If you've seen the Whale out and about on its travels, please upload a photo to The Whale's Facebook page. This season we are collecting audience #whaleselfie photos via twitter, instagram and facebook - the best one at the end of the year wins a wonderful Whale t-shirt!


» booking information

If you'd like to make a Whale booking for this year or next, Lou is the person to speak to - you can contact her via the office or by email lou[at]talkingbirds[dot]co[dot]uk.

You can download the Whale pack for further information, including technical specification, and/or watch the Whale in action in our short video trailer.

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