wilbur the optical whale

Wilbur the Optical Whale is an immersive, interactive and accessible performance for children aged 3+. It is set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world full of fun, interactive play, stunning circus tricks, digital and visual imagery, and music.


Associate producer for Flipside Circus


Writer: Karen Lee Roberts

Director: Catarina Hebbard

Dramaturg: Elise Greig

Set and costume designers: Chancie Jessop and Jessica Bennett

AV Design: Lee Evans

Composer / Sound Designer: Phil Hagstrom

Stage Manager: Jeremy Gordon


Premiere season at Metro Arts, 2018

Presented at Brisbane Festival, 2019

Presented at Adelaide Fringe, 2020

Touring regional Queensland 2021-22 (Etheridge, Hughenden, Winton, Bundaberg, Moranbah, and more)

Wynnum Fringe Festival 2022



Wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreted & relaxed performances (every performance)


2020 Adelaide Fringe Access Award

2021 Matilda Award for Best Independent Production


“You will find yourself smiling that there is still good in the world, and that the crew… have made it their mission to make sure everyone is included & accepted for who they are.”

- Kids in Adelaide

“The world of Wilbur the Whale inspires the imagination.”

- Matilda Awards