QPAC, Dead Puppet Society, and Brisbane Festival, in association with Screen Queensland present



4 - 19 Sept | QPAC - Cremorne Theatre


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Written by David Morton

World Premiere

"The company’s strength is their ability to create an entire realm for their audience to inhabit ... they are nothing short of amazing." Time Off Magazine

Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, reimagined for a new millennium.

On the resource-depleted earth of a not so distant future, a young climate refugee named Ishmael is given the chance to build a new life, provided she can survive a voyage to the outer solar system aboard the MV Pequod under the command of the obsessive Captain Ahab.

A contemporary space saga, Ishmael recasts earth’s no-longer-vast oceans with the immensity of space, and the endless possibilities and terrors it holds. In weaving the story to life, this boundary pushing visual theatre production melds live film making with live action, miniature sets, puppetry and an original score by indie pop musician Bec Sandridge to tell a captivating story about individual hope and collective redemption.

Artwork by Standing By Company

Cast and creatives

Director and Co-Designer David Morton

Producer Nicholas Paine

Composer Bec Sandridge

Co-Designer Jennifer Livingstone

Projection Designer Justin Harrison

Sound Designer Tony Brumpton

Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner

Dramaturg Louise Gough

Cast Maren SearleBarb LowingDrew Wilson

The Ishmael script was commissioned by Dead Puppet Society. The production has been commissioned by Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Dead Puppet Society, Brisbane Festival in association with Screen Queensland.


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Duration : 80 minutes

QPAC - Cremorne Theatre

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

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