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Wilbur the Optical Whale

When Wilbur gets teased by the Starfish Meanies for wearing his glasses, the whole undersea world gets turned upside down.

Loaded with stunning circus tricks, puppets, digital and visual imagery and music, Wilbur and the Optical Whale is an interactive show where kids can interact and have fun.

The performance unpacks big ideas around friendship, bullying, and the strengths of being different, sparking the imagination of the young and young-at-heart.

Based on the book Wilbur the Optical Whale written by Karen Lee Roberts and illustrated by Melika Adel.

AUSLAN and Relaxed Performances

Created by indeliabilityarts, all performances of Wilbur and The Optical Whale are relaxed and will be accompanied by an AUSLAN interpreter.

A relaxed performance is one that has been modified slightly to consider the needs and preferences of people with disabilities and their companions.

For more information, or if you need to be seated close to the interpreter, please contact us on 5588 4000 or email [email protected] for more information.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and indelabilityarts

About indelabilityarts

indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs. We have toured regionally and nationally with our shows Look Mum…No Hands! and Love me.

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Audience Reviews

‘I liked the starfish meanies best!’ Penny, 3 years old
’10/10 – it was awesome!’ Finley, 11 years old.
‘Lots of immersive and interactive ideas, it was fun to watch.’ Zante, 13 years old.


Winner: John Chataway Innovation Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Winner: Adelaide Fringe 2020 Access Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival

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All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.

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