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The inclusive theatre company is set to delight young audiences with a story which celebrates difference

indelabilityarts is bringing its new show “Wilbur the Optical Whale” by Karen Lee Roberts to the Adelaide Convention Centre as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020. Playing from February 20th, “Wilbur the Optical Whale” is the newest instalment from the Brisbane-based company, which employs artists living with a disability to perform stories which celebrate difference and promote inclusiveness.  


Wilbur the Optical Whale” is the tale of Wilbur, a glasses-wearing whale 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. Employing art forms including circus, interactive visuals, and sound design, the audience will take a deep-sea sensory dive to meet Wilbur and his cheeky friends. 


This original show marks the coming together of indelabilityarts, with youth-arts company Flipside Circus, to present a unique performance which incorporates circus and acrobatics into the interactive story. 


“We are going to have interactive digital media and pre and post-show workshops. We have the capacity to set the stage up in a space that can be like an installation and have roving characters and the children can explore it before and after the show.” Catarina Hebbard, Co-Artistic Director of indelabilityarts, says.

“I loved all the interactive elements and the circus – very inclusive”, audience member Z. Martina (13yrs old) commented on the show.  


"Wilbur the Optical Whale" will be the second time the company has performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, having previously brought "Look Mum...No hands!!! (The Legless Bar Years)" to Adelaide in 2018. The company returns this time as an Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund grant recipient.

indelabilityarts is collaborating with local community organisations to develop visual components that will form part of the show. Ticket holders are encouraged to book a place in the pre-show workshops, to create visual material which will be seen during the show. indelabilityarts is committed to presenting theatre which is not only visually appealing but is socially engaging and seeks opportunities to share the voices of the community.


Wilbur the Optical Whale” is showing at Adelaide Fringe Festival from February 20 to March 4 2020, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Tickets can be purchased through Adelaide Fringe Festival.

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