» The Whale

2014 Tour dates

More dates will be added as they are confirmed:

3rd and 4th May - Transported, Boston, Lincolnshire

25th May - Family Day, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

14th June - The Point, Eastleigh

15th June - Rochester Castle, Kent

4th July - Rufford Park, Nottinghamshire

12th and 13th July - Transported

20th July - Spare Parts Festival, Blackpool

26th and 27th July - Glasgow Life, Glasgow - Kings street

2nd August - T- Party Telford, Telford

9th August - Kidderminster

22nd & 23rd August - End of the Pier Delights event - Leicester - Orton Square (outside The Curve), 11am - 4pm

24th Aug - Devizes International Street Festival 12-2pm and 3-6pm

31st August - Stratford Upon Avon - RSC

5-9th Sept - Greenwich - Tall Ships Regatta

20th & 21st Sept - Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford, London

30th Sept-1st Oct - Lakeside Theatre, Uni of Essex


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 2014/5

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 2014/15 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.


» 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.

links to Ant and Cleolinks to Trails of the Unexpectedlinks to article about Theatre of Place