Robots Are Coming In Fantastical On-stage Adventure

Gunnedah Shire Council

Award-winning creator Jens Altheimer’s magical on-stage creation Whalebone will come to The Civic in Gunnedah this April.

Parents will need to book ahead for this very popular whimsical show that features a cool mix of contraptions, robotics, video animations and a touch of circus.

Designed to bring a smile to the faces of the whole family, Whalebone is especially geared towards 6-12 year-olds.

The live theatre performance takes the audience into the magical world of the “Depository”, a mysterious agency that safeguards human memories.

As a rogue AI threatens to erase our treasured stories, a solitary worker races against time. Can his quirky contraptions and eccentric machines shield our stories?

“We are all talking about the wonders and dangers of AI,” Gunnedah Shire Council Manager Economy & Growth Susan Frater said.

“And most children are already aware of how technology and the real world can collide – with sometimes weird and wonderful results.

“Whalebone celebrates the magic of stories and is about the comic clashes between man and machine, and what makes us human.”

Jens Altheimer has won an Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Production for Children with Squaring the Wheel and was nominated for the same award for Loose Ends.

Whalebone, which runs for 55 minutes and includes fast-paced video effects and twitchy sounds, will be on stage at The Civic at the special school holiday time of 6.30pm (as requested by parents!) on Wednesday, April 24. Tickets are $15.

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Caption: The on-stage magic of Whalebone has something for the whole family.

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