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 12 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.

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


Artistic Directors
  • Francis Italiano
  • Michelle Hovane
Performing Artists
  • Amity Culver
  • Jamie David
  • Rebecca Bradley
  • Jessica Harlond-Kenny
  • Michelle Hovane
  • Francis Italiano
  • Jamie David in collaboration with Mark Cain
  • 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: 6-12yrs
(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)

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)

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

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

The ArtGround
, Singapore
The Big Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Center
New York, USA
AWESOME International Arts Festival
Perth, WA
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
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
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, NSW
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
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

A Performing Lines WA production. This tour is assisted through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund & the WA Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.