A Helpmann-nominated immersive adventure for the whole family!

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 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


17 Apr - 6 May
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Rachael Whitworth | Performing Lines WA
[email protected] | +618 9200 6232


2017 | AWESOME International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
2017 | QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
2017 Monkey Baa Theatre, Sydney, NSW
2017 | Burnie Arts & Function Centre, TAS
2017 | Dream Big Festival, Marion Cultural Centre, SA
2017 | Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW
2017 | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW
2017 | Griffith Regional Theatre, NSW
2017 | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, NSW

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

2015 | Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, VIC
2015 | Sydney Opera House Sydney, NSW

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

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

"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