June 3 - 4

The Whale’s Tale


  • June 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • June 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • June 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM
  • June 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • June 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • June 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Children's Festival

An Interactive Outdoor Performance Spectacle by multi award winning Australian company Born in a Taxi.

Immerse yourself in The Whale’s Tale as you watch from the shore, or submerge yourself in this underwater playground full of surprises. Ever wonder 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 a hero and live to tell the tale!

A Whale is washed up on a beach and discovered by a child. Is it alive or dead? How did it get there? The spirit of the Whale embodied as the Navigator, embarks on a journey to find out what is wrong with the dubious help of Dr Walrus. Highly interactive, full of riotous slapstick and extremely playful.

An environmental tale to warm the heart, with reflections about the consequences of our actions. It has been forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, if we do not change our collective behaviour. The Whale’s Tale is a rollicking journey that will leave your children wanting to make a difference.

Accessible Performances

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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 1 PM


The Whale’s Tale by Born in a Taxi
Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne & Windmill Theatre Company

Concept: Carolyn Hanna
Devisers and Performers: Penny Baron, Carolyn Hanna, and Nick Papas
Sound Design: Michael Havir
Composition: Helen Mountfort
Costumes: David Anderson
Props: Annette Ringrose
Whale Design and Construction: Bryony Anderson, One-Off Makery
Photos: DWV Photography