Wilbur the Optical Whale

Wilbur the Optical Whale


29 - 30 Sep | 40 minutes ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

A fully immersive, interactive and accessible children’s production about friendship and celebrating difference.

Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is an enchanting story set under the sea where children are taken on an immersive journey to engage with the environment around them.

Wilbur and Cecil are the best of friends. One day while playing hide and seaweed, they are set upon by the Starfish Meanie Gang! How do they get out of this one? Join Wilbur and Cecil to help them on their quest!

Using alternative storytelling methods including interactive media with integrated Auslan, circus, music, movement and spoken word, this heartwarming production delivers a strong anti-bullying message and promotes acceptance. This multiple award-winning show is a delight for the whole family.

Wilbur the Optical Whale is accessible to all audiences. Performances feature integrated Auslan and headphones are available for audience members to engage on their own terms. The set also includes a quiet space as part of relaxed performance mode for those who require it.

Wilbur the Optical Whale is a collaboration with Flipside Circus.

Show details

Show details
  • 29 - 30 Sep | 40 minutes
  • Venue 1: ARA Darling Quarter Theatre
Performance notes
  • Sydney Premiere
Venue details & accessibility
ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

ARA Darling Quarter Theatre 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney 2000 (Gadigal Country)
Telephone: 0286249341


TRAIN The closest train station is Town Hall. Exit south onto Bathurst Street. Walk to the bottom of Bathurst, turning left into Day Street. Cross the lights at Harbour Street and you're in Darling Quarter. BUS For buses travelling through the CBD along Elizabeth, Castlereagh, George or York streets, alight the bus at Market, Park, Druitt, Bathurst or Liverpool streets and walk down towards Darling Harbour. For schools: The bus drop-off point is on Pier Street. Enter Pier Street via Harbour Street. TAXI Taxi ranks are positioned at Wheat Road, near the IMAX complex and Convention Place, which is behind Harbourside and adjacent to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. PARKING First Parking Darling Quarter is accessed via Harbour Street. A special discounted parking rate is available to Monkey Baa patrons: $15 (Monday - Sunday) daily flat rate depart by midnight on the day of the booking. $4 (Monday - Friday) evening flat rate enter after 4pm and exit 4am the day after. $12 Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - enter after 4am, exit before 4am the following day. Book and pay online ahead of your arrival using this link to access the above rates. Please note the above rates are introductory and are subject to change.

How to enter:
There are several wheelchair and companion seating positions available in our theatre. The ARA Darling Quarter Theatre foyer is accessed by ramps from the Darling Quarter district. Inside the foyer, there is an accessible toilet (and ambulant toilets in the male and female bathrooms) and ramp access to the auditorium.​ Accessible parking spaces are available in Wilson Parking Darling Quarter car park (Level B2), with lift access to Darling Quarter.​ ​Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but conditions are modified to accommodate children with sensory and learning challenges. The atmosphere is non-judgemental and we embrace noisy enthusiasm. We leave the house lights on (dimmed), the auditorium doors stay open, and a chill out area is available in the foyer throughout the show.​ ​Assisted listening devices are available in the theatre​​​

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  • Writer – Karen Lee Roberts
  • Director – Catarina Hebbard
  • Set & Costumes – Chancie Jessop, Jessica Hansen
  • AV Design – Lee Evans
  • Composer/Sound Designer – Phil Hagstrom
  • Dramaturg – Elise Grieg
  • Physical Theatre Performance – Clint Bolster
  • Auslan Interpreter – Leanne Beer
  • Technical Manager – Jeremy Gordon
  • Cast – Joel Lago, Rebecca Alexander, Alexandra Ellen, Michel Labosse, David Waldie, Karen Lee Roberts, Davy Sampford, Kelsey Adams, Cienda McNamara
Presented by
  • indelabilityarts
All images by Nick Morrissey.
All images by Nick Morrissey.
All images by Nick Morrissey.
All images by Nick Morrissey.
All images by Nick Morrissey.
All images by Nick Morrissey.