Upcoming
15–18 May
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury, WA

Choose your role and get on board our spaceship to WHOOSH into outer space. Are you a Space pilot, navigator, engineer or responsible for communications?

You’ll soon find out as we WHOOSH our spaceship across the galaxy…until we run out of fuel and have to make an emergency landing on mysterious Planet X!!  What strange things will we see, touch, taste and smell on this fantastic planet? And will we ever find a way to WHOOSH ourselves back home?

WHOOSH! is an immersive work that puts children with multiple disabilities and those on the autism spectrum at the centre of action. Kids board a stunning custom-built spaceship for an interstellar adventure. New recruits take-up their own tech stations, taste real space food, propel through hyperdrive, crash-land and explore a strange uncharted planet. Characters and audience work as a team to repair the ship and return to Earth. This highly-tailored production will be suitable for children with a broad range of access needs aged 5years+.

With an impressive set and pioneering use of technology, including a digital app to deliver our preparatory material, this is Sensorium Theatre’s most ambitious production to date. Developed over three years, we’ve refined our delivery model, increasing audience agency and overall capacity while maintaining intimate session sizes.

Recognised in Australia as innovators in accessible children’s theatre, they have recently returned from performing their Helpmann-nominated show Oddysea at the Lincoln Centre Education’s Big Umbrella Festival and at The Artground in Singapore. We are currently seeking international presentation partners for 2021 and beyond.

 

Radio interview – co-Artistic Director Francis Italiano talks about the making of Whoosh! and paving the way for more accessible and inclusive theatre.

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.

“Perth’s Sensorium Theatre are at the leading edge of theatre, questioning the assumptions that we have about disability and the making and enjoyment of art.”

Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications & the Arts, Senate Question Time

 

“The company has a wonderful rapport with their audiences and meets every individual right where they are.”

Peg Schuler-Armstrong, Lincoln Center Education

Credits

Artistic Directors
Michelle Hovane
Francis Italiano

Performers
Michelle Hovane
Francis Italiano
Jamie David
Rebecca Bradley
Daisy Sanders
Katya Shevtsov

Composer/Sound Designer
Jamie David

Digital & Technology Designer
Steve Berrick

Set Designer
Matt McVeigh

Costume Designer
Cherie Hewson

Production Manager
Ben Nelson

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Current dates & tickets

15–18 May
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury, WA
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22–25 May
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
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29 May–1 June 2019
Cummins Theatre
Merredin, WA
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5–8 June
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance, WA
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12–15 June
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, WA
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26–29 June
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
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7–10 August
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, NSW
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Information for Presenters

We are currently seeking presentation partners for a national tour in 2020, and are poised for international uptake for 2021 and beyond.

Age Range 
Learning age: 5-10yrs

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: 4 performers, 1 crew
Bump in: 6 hours (2 crew x 4 hrs)
Bump out: 4 hours (2 crew x 4 hrs)
Space: Preference rehearsal or large room (L: 13m x W: 8m x H: 3.5m)

 

Rachael Whitworth Senior Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, this project has been developed over three years and received significant public and private support including Perth Festival through the Major Festivals Initiative, 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, Lotterywest and the Cassandra Gantner Foundation.

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.