The Wondering Whale Watchers are characters on a quest to become like whales with hilarious consequences. They swirl the audience into a high-energy comedy adventure juggling to catch food, bubbling under-water music, receiving e-whales from a giant puppet called Wanda.
The Whale Show is a family production that uses a large puppet to enlighten and entertain the audience about whales. The two protagonists have spent so much time with whales they behave just like them and even speak whale language, sharing their awe and wonder of these magical creatures. Themes include similarities and differences between whales and humans, threats to whales and whale facts and figures. The audience is encouraged to think critically about their values and the importance of whale conservation when the audience is invited to stop the giant harpoon.
The Whale Show is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 2-7
An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.
Created in 2001, the play has toured the National Arts Festival; Out The box festival, the Whale Festival in Hermanus; and numerous schools as part of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) outreach education and awareness campaigns including ‘twinnings’ performances with underprivileged and privileged schools. It has also been included in the City of Cape Town’s Youth Environmental Schools programme for Marine Week and enjoyed successful public runs in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Muizenberg in 2008. The Whale Show was toured to the Overstrad region during October 2015 and performed to some 1500 primary school learners.
Vincent Meyburgh & Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe
Energetic and cleverly crafted, containing powerful pertinent messages. – Knysna News 2008
Duration: 45 minutes
Grades: Grade 2 - Grade 7
Language(s): English, Xhosa
Themes covered: Change, Creativity, Cultural diversity, Discrimination, Environmental awareness, Fate/Free Will, Heroes, Identity, Imagination, Life skills, Literacy, Prejudice, Relationships, Self-image, Survival, Violence
Festivals Attended/Performances at:
- National Arts Festival
- Out The box festival
- Whale Festival in Hermanus