» 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.
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.
» 2013 tour dates
22nd June - Coalville Comes Alive - Festival of Street Arts - Coalville, Leics 11.00 - 4.00
6th & 7th July - Lord Mayor's Celebrations, Norwich.
6th - St Peter's Street 15.00 - 21.00
7th St Andrew's Plain 12.00 - 16.00
13th & 14th July - Buxton Festival 10am - 4.00pm
21st July - Marine Gardens & Promenade, Fleetwood
22nd July - closed event at a Lancaster primary school
23rd July - The People's Pom, Cleveleys
24th July - Marine Gardens & Promenade, Fleetwood
25th July - Rossall Point Observation Tower
26th July - Lytham Green area. Lowther Pavilion
27th July - St Anne's Library (Lytham), Flyde (until 4.00)
31st July - Bedford Fringe Festival **NEW DATE! 10.00 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 5.00
3rd & 4th August - Cardiff Millennium Centre - Blysh Festival 13.00 – 15.45 & 16.30 – 19.00
8th August - Snapdragon Festival, Hinkley town centre 10.00 - 4.00
9th August - Coalville by the Sea, Coalville Leics
10th August - Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire 10.00 - 4.00
17th & 18th August - Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire 10.00 - 4.00
24th Aug - Appetite Festival, Stoke on Trent **NEW DATE! 11.00 - 3.30
25th & 26th August - Greenbelt, Cheltenham racecourse
25th at 12.00 - 6.00 26th at 10.00 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 5.00
14th & 15th September - Saltaire Festival, West Yorks
17th November - Hastings Story Festival
More dates to be confirmed soon!
» 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]
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.