The Whale Show is a family production that uses a large puppetry to enlighten and entertain the audience. 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 R – 3. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.
After a 3 year hiatus The Whale Show, based on Heathcote Williams’ ‘Whale Nation’, returned to the stage in 2011 opening with a run at Kalk Bay Theatre. 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 twinning programmes with underprivileged and privileged schools. It has also been included in the YES programme for Marine Week and enjoyed successful public runs in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Muizenberg in 2008. In October 2015 The Whale Show traveled to the Overstrand region where it was performed for learners from local schools. The show was last performed at the City of Cape Town, Biodiversity Management Staff at their year end function in November 2016.
“The learners are touched about what they learnt. And it was done in a wonderful, happy, funny way.” – Northcliff College – Anita Van Zyl
Duration: 45 minutes
Grades: Grade R - Grade 3
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 (2005)
- Masque Theatre (2005/2006/2008)
- YES programme for Marine Week - Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Muizenberg (2008)
- Kalk Bay Theatre (2011)
- Muizenberg festival (2015)
- City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Staff function (2016)
Performed for the following schools:
Camps Bay High, German School, Golden Grove, Gordon's Bay Primary, Muizenberg Junior School, Plumstead High School, Rustenberg Junior, SACS Junior, St Georges Grammar School, St James RC Primary, Wynberg Boys Junior, Wynberg Girls High, Overstrand school tour (2015)