Oddysea is a sensory performance 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.

A Helpmann-nominated immersive adventure for the whole family!

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.

Almost as important as the performance itself are the preparatory materials made available through Sensorium Theatre digital app which audience members are encouraged to download prior to the show for free. This is an important tool in helping children become familiar with the story, characters, songs and storytelling methods used in the performance.

Audience size is limited to 14 children 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.

Sensorium Theatre’s digital app

Sensorium Theatre’s digital app is FREE to download and enables audiences to prepare for the experience prior to coming to the show. Through the app, they can access the social story, watch videos, play games, meet the characters and listen to music clips.

Download app on App store (for iPads and iPhones)
Download app on Google Play (for Android devices)

To view the digital app on a computer screen or an interactive whiteboard, click here.

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

Credits

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

Information for Presenters

Available on demand – please contact our Producer for more information

Age Recommendation
(GP) Children with mild & moderate disability: all ages
(School) Children with mild to complex disability: 6yrs+
(Mainstream) Early years: 3-5yrs

Audience size
Up to 14 children, plus their carers, for a maximum of 28 people per show (usually a 1:1 ratio)

Schedule
Monday: Travel
Tuesday: bump in + professional dvp
Wed – Sat: 2 shows per day + bump out

Touring requirements
Touring party: 5 performers, 1 crew
Bump in: 4 hours (2 crew x 4 hrs)
Bump out: 4 hours (2 crew x 4 hrs)

Space
Preference rehearsal or large room
Preferable space required: 10m x 8m
Min space required: 7m x 7m
Circular installation: 4.5m x 4.5m

Rachael Whitworth Senior Producer

Presentation History

2018
The ArtGround
Singapore,
The Big Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Center
New York, USA
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Full Presentation History for Oddysea

2018
The ArtGround
Singapore,
The Big Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Center
New York, USA
2017
AWESOME International Arts Festival
Perth, WA
QPAC
Brisbane, QLD
Monkey Baa Theatre
Sydney, NSW
Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Burnie , TAS
Dream Big Festival, Marion Cultural Centre
Adelaide, SA
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Casula, NSW
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Griffith Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
2016
Koorliny Arts Centre
Kwinana, WA
Cummins Theatre
Merredin, WA
Queens Park Theatre
Geraldton, WA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah , WA
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury, WA
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance , WA
Goldfield Arts Centre
Kalgoorlie, WA
2015
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, NSW
2014
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
Durham Rd School
Bayswater, WA
Gwynne Park ESC
Armadale, WA
Malibu School
Safety Bay, WA
Carson St School
East Victoria Park, WA
Gladys Newton School
Balga, WA
2013
Carson St School
East Victoria Park, WA
Kenwick ESC
Kenwick, WA
Kalamunda ESC
Kalamunda, WA
Sir David Brand School Coolbinia
Bayswater, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, this production received significant public and private support including the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and The James Galvin Foundation.

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