‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ is swimming to Esk

Collaborating with Flipside Circus, the show employs art forms including circus, vivid digital imagery, and interactive games to take the audience on a deep-sea sensory dive to meet Wilbur and his cheeky friends.

An Inclusive theatre company is set to delight audiences with a show about celebrating everyone as they are.

Accessible theatre company indelabilityarts is bringing children’s show ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ to the Somerset Civic Centre on Tuesday 23 April.

The Brisbane-based company provides professional artistic opportunities for artists with disabilities, and is excited for ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ to make its debut in Esk following its win at the 2023 Sydney Fringe for Best Kids in Fringe Award.

Based on the book by Karen Lee-Roberts, ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ tells the story of a glasses-wearing whale named Wilbur who, along with his best friend Cecil the Shark, encourages children to accept everyone just as they are.

The story takes place under the sea, where the audience is taken on an immersive journey to engage with the environment around them.

Collaborating with Flipside Circus, the show employs art forms including circus, vivid digital imagery, and interactive games to take the audience on a deep-sea sensory dive to meet Wilbur and his cheeky friends.

Kids in Adelaide described the show as ‘the most heartwarming show you’ll see all year’, and the show’s message about friendship and acceptance has resonated with audiences across Australia.

“Every kid with a disability will have something to relate to, every kid who knows a kid with a disability in their class, every kid that’s been bullied or is a bully should see it… so, every kid!” said Fringeworld Perth.

“There is so much to love about this beautiful tale and performance,” said Brisbane Kids.

All performances of ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ feature integrated Auslan and the set includes quiet spaces as part of the relaxed performance mode.

Social/visual stories will be available in the foyer pre-show.

indelabilityarts invites and encourages all audience members to engage with the work on their own terms.

indelabilityarts has previously performed ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ at Adelaide Fringe in 2020 and 2022, where the company took home the Weekly John Chataway Innovation Award and the 2020 Access Award.

They have also performed the show to sold-out audiences at the 2021 Brisbane Festival, Wynnum Fringe 2022, and Fringeworld Perth where they won a Children’s Events Weekly Award.

They have recently completed a three venue tour of Victoria.

‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ is playing at the Somerset Civic Centre on Tuesday, April 23 at 11am.

Tickets are available through indelabilityarts.com

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