Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Created by inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Using alternative storytelling methods, including interactive media with integrated Auslan, circus, music, movement and spoken word, this heartwarming production delivers a strong anti-bullying message and promotes acceptance.

All performances are relaxed allowing audiences to engage with the work on their own terms in a calm and inviting ‘underwater’ setting.


After purchasing tickets to a performance of Wilbur the Optical Whale you will receive an invitation to attend a FREE Underwater Sea-Squad Workshop prior to the show. Children choose an underwater sea creature to create using a variety of visual art methods, textures and colours while exploring themes of kindness, empathy and celebrating difference. When they attend the show, they will see their photographed artwork incorporated into the performance, and will know that they had a part to play in creating the magical underwater world of Wilbur the Optical Whale.

Book one of the Wilbur performances to receive your workshop invitation!

Workshop 1: Tue 21 Sep 11am
Artwork created in Workshop 1 will be included in the performances on Wed 22 Sep & Thu 23 Sep.

Workshop 2: Thu 23 Sep 2:30pm
Artwork created in Workshop 2 will be included in the performances on Fri 24 Sep & Sat 25 Sep.


Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021


Wed – Sat 10:30am
Thu & Sat 1pm


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


45 mins


Suitable for ages 3+. All performances will be relaxed and spaces will support needs of audiences. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Nick Morrissey


Karen Lee Roberts Writer 
Catarina Hebbard Director 
Chancie Jessop & Jessica Bennett Set & Costumes Designers
Lee Evans AV design
Phil Hagstrom  Composer / Sound Designer
Elise Greig – Dramaturg
Clint Bolster Physical theatre performance

Alexandra Ellen, Jack Rebbeck, Rebecca Alexander, Michel Labosse, David Waldie, Karen Lee Roberts, Davy Sampford, Kelsey Adams.

indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing
skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs. 


Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Wilbur the Optical Whale is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queenslandthe Federal Government through the Department of Social Services; Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program, Brisbane City Council, Flipside Circus, Civic Solutions and the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund. 


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.