Wilbur and friends delight in Esk

Wilbur and friends played a game of ‘hide and seaweed’ with the intimate audience in Esk. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ delighted young families and people with disabilities at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on Tuesday 23 April.

Indelabilityarts artistic ambassador, writer and performer Karen Lee Roberts said it was wonderful to perform in Esk.

“We had a small but lively audience, very interactive, lots of fun and lots of laughter,” Ms Roberts said.

“It’s always a joy to perform to an intimate audience.

“We had our biggest fan in the audience, Phoebe, who’s been to eight or nine performances of Wilbur, she follows us around Queensland.”

Ms Roberts has an invisible disability, bipolar disorder, for which she was bullied as a younger person.

“When I was 19 I wrote a story in the form of poetry called ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’,” she said.

“In 2015 I had that story edited and I turned it into an illustrated children’s book, and the story is about bullying issues and difference, and how to treat people and maintain friendships.”

The production invites the audience to get up and about, participating in dances and games like ‘Hide and Seaweed’.

Ms Roberts said she and the rest of the theatre company enjoyed performing in Esk.

“Indelabilityarts is a not-for-profit theatre company that offers opportunities for people experiencing disability and those who are neurodiverse to have experiences in theatre,” she said.

“It’s the first professional theatre company for people who experience disability or who are neurodiverse in Queensland.”