» The Whale

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.

The Whale celebrates it's 10th birthday in 2016!

For details of where to see The Whale in action, click here!

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» Now booking for 2016/7

Last year, the Whale travelled to festivals all over the UK and even took a trip to Belgium on the Eurostar; it played at the RSC and the National Theatre and was generally very, very busy!

We're now taking bookings for the 2016/7 season - if you are interested, please get in touch with Whale-booker Lou Lomas directly: lou@talkingbirds.co.uk.


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» 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!


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» 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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