Oddysea is a sensory performance and residency taking children with profound and multiple disabilities on an underwater adventure. The audience is led through a tactile discovery where touch, taste and smell are as important as sight and sound in the storytelling process.

Almost as important as the performance itself are the preparatory activities through which children become familiar with the story, characters, songs and storytelling methods used in the performance. This takes place through several workshops with performers where the ocean environment and the characters are introduced to the children. This is a technique known as “embedding” and it works exceptionally well with children with complex disabilities who often need additional time to process and become familiar with new stimuli.

The embedding process is a two-way learning process; the performers also meet the audience and learn about the individual learning abilities and communication style of each student, thus allowing them to deliver an individualised performance.

With an original sound score by Jamie David and installation set designed by Francis Italiano and textile designer Mand Markey, Oddysea, is a unique theatrical adventure. All artists are highly skilled in working with children with special needs and working with your organisation to provide a rich experience for participants.

Audience size is limited to 12 so that individual learning abilities can be catered for and experiences can be maximised. Performing Lines WA can create a performance package tailored to your needs, from the full 7-day residency to a one-off performance.


Artistic Directors: Francis Italiano and Michelle Hovane
Performing Artists: Amity Culver, Jamie David, Rebecca Bradley, Jessica Harlond-Kenny, Michelle Hovane and Francis Italiano
Composers: Jamie David in collaboration with Mark Cain
Designer:  Francis Italiano
Textile Designer: Mand Markey
Produced by Performing Lines WA


2017 National Tour Dates

26 - 29 April | QPAC, Brisbane, Queensland
2 - 6 May | Monkey Baa Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales | Bookings>>
9 - 13 May | Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Tasmania
23 - 27 May | Dream Big Festival, Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia | Bookings>>
30 May - 3 June | Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, New South Wales | Info and bookings>>
6 - 10 June | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, New South Wales
13 - 17 June | Griffith Regional Theatre, New South Wales
20 - 24 June | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, New South Wales


Rachael Whitworth | Performing Lines WA
[email protected] | +618 9200 6232

"We can't believe our child let go of us and wanted to participate - that was an amazing response. We thought we'd never be able to take him to the theatre" - Parent feedback



2016 Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, Western Australia
2016 Cummins Theatre, Merredin, Western Australia
2016 Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, Western Australia
2016 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Western Australia
2016 | Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Western Australia
2016 | Esperance Civic Centre, Western Australia
2016 | Goldfield Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

2015 | Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria
2015 | Sydney Opera House Sydney, New South Wales

2014 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, Western Australia
2014 | Durham Rd School Bayswater, Western Australia
2014 | Gwynne Park ESC Armadale, Western Australia
2014 | Malibu School Safety Bay, Western Australia
2014 | Carson St School East Victoria Park, Western Australia
2014 | Gladys Newton School Balga, Western Australia

2013 | Carson St School East Victoria Park, Western Australia
2013 | Kenwick ESC Kenwick, Western Australia
2013 | Kalamunda ESC Kalamunda, Western Australia
2013 | Sir David Brand School Coolbinia, Western Australia