Fleur Kilpatrick and Katrina Cornwell


Can you imagine a world where political inaction and industry lobbying has brought the earth to the point of catastrophe? Can you imagine that we let it get that bad? Or is that impossible – just too crazy? Whale is an immersive, participatory new work in which the personal becomes the political. The scientists and politicians can’t save us but there’s no need to worry: we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Monash University is proud to be a part of the world premiere season of Whale, following its 2018 Max Afford Playwrights’ Award win for playwright Fleur Kilpatrick. Commenting on their decision, the judges noted ‘it’s rare to find a piece of theatre that explores climate change with such a compelling mix of playfulness and authority… it is brimming with imagination and ingenuity’. But be prepared – Whale is here to save the world, provided you are ready to make a sacrifice.

Katrina Cornwell: Director
Claire Portek: Producer
Emily Collett: Set and Costume Design
Lisa Mibus: Lighting Design
Raya Slavin: Composer and Sound Design
Sarah Walker: AV Design

Chanella Macri, Sonya Suares and Sarah Walker: Performers

‘I’ve no doubt that Whale will be a significant marker in how the arts deals with the great issues of our time.’
– Max Afford Playwrights’ Award judges

The performance on Friday 17 May will be followed by a Q&A with playwright Fleur Kilpatrick, director Katrina Cornwell, and the three actors Chanella Macri, Sonya Suares and Sarah Walker.

*Suitable for children 12+

Whale was developed with Playwriting Australia through the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award, by Perpetual as Trustee.