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30/8/08 Thar she blows! Thar she blows!

Well it's been a little while — the Whale has been sounding some rather deep oceanic crevasses in search of tasty squid — but now were back!

Our great joy (and our great woe)…the Whale's website is finally revamped, re-designed and ready to rock. Hoorah!

Macbeth Re-Arisen has a new cast, as new design, and a new home: Trades' Hall, the New Ballroom. And our season is set to go off through the month of November. So keep your eyes and ears tuned.

Oh and…

Hast seen the White Whale?

14/7/08 Dave rehearses with MTC on Blackbird

26/6/08 Greetings from Wintry Portland!

8/12/07 White Whale Enjoys Christmas Hiatus

The Whale will be enjoying a rest over the Christmas and New Year from the rigours of theatrical toil. We wish you all good cheer and an inebriated exaltation upon the altar of family and year-ticking-over-ness.

Next year will see a range of new shows spew forth from the chasmous throat of the Whale: check in regularly for updates on our monstrous brood for 08!

Cheers!

White Whale Theatre

13/12/08 Word Space goes up @ Short & Sweet

Elizabeth Bennett'

18/11/07 Melburnalia Closes

Melburnalia, White Whale's most successful show to date, closed yesterday.

Reviews in print and online media have applauded the show as a standout production, praising the diverse range of writers and the depiction of life in Melbourne's iconic (and some not-so-iconic) suburbs.

With all but three shows officially sold out, Melburnaliaseems to have struck a chord with Melbourne's theatre-goers. We are incredibly pleased with the critical and popular reactions to the show — proving the concept of telling local stories set in local spaces is a winner!

As everyone knows, a lot of hard work goes into a show from inception to closing night — and the Whale would like offer a big thankyou to all the cast, crew, and supporters who got behind the show and helped to make it happen.

Ringwood; St Kilda; Kew; Footscray; and the CBD…we salute you!

For now, adieu, and perhaps Melburnalia No. 2 can arise in 08?

Ye Whalers

10/11/07 Melburnalia Receives Rave Review in The Age

1/11/07 Melburnalia Opens

Melburnaliaopened to a spectacular reception at fortyfivedownstairs last night.

The show, written by five of Melbourne's most talented playwrights, was well received by those curious to have a geez at the Whale's latest theatrical offering.

Melburnaliahas been creating a storm in the press, with a feature article in Friday's EG section of The Age and various articles and listings.

1/11/07 Melburnalia Writer's Forum Announced

White Whale is proud to announce an afternoon discussion with Melburnaliawriters Lally Katz, Ross Mueller, Tee O'Neill and Alice Pung.

Hosted by acclaimed poet and playwright Alison Croggon, the focus of the discussion will be the writing of space, under the topic 'Words in Space: Writing Narratives of Place and Locality'.

This Special Event is hosted by White Whale and fortyfivedownstairs and will provide a unique opportunity to engage with some of Melbourne's most talented writers.

8/10/07 Convict 002 Closes at Melbourne Fringe

Convict 002 gave its final cry for rum last night, ending an acclaimed 13 show run.

The play saw a healthy audience turn out for White Whale's first venture since the world-wide smash hit Macbeth ReArisen.

They saw a host of gruelling convicts do battle with hardened stone-faced red-coats, all in the bleak and dismal setting of colonial Van Diemen's Land.

28/9/07 Convict 002 Opens at Melbourne Fringe

Convict 002, the dark rewriting of Marcus Clarke's classic Australian novel For the Term of His Natural Lifeopened to a welcoming audience at the Northcote Town Hall on Wednesday night.

The play, written and directed by our own David Mence and starring an ensemble cast of nine young ne'er do wells, tracks the fate of convict Rufus Dawes as he is punished unjustly for a crime he didn't commit.

Bookings can be made via the Melbourne Fringe Web site or through Fringe Ticketing on 03 8412 8777.

For more info, check out the Convict Page here.

26/7/07 Convict 002 and Melburnalia

White Whale are working hard on our two upcoming shows.

The first is Convict 002, a dark rewriting of Marcus Clarke's For the Term of His Natural Life, which will be on at the Northcote Town Hall in the Melbourne Fringe (September). I have finished the script (no, really, I have) and we are about to audition and begin rehearsals.

Our second show for 07 is Melburnalia, featuring five new short pieces by Melburnians: Ross Mueller, Lally Katz, Tee O'Neill, Kate Holden and Alice Pung. We are SO excited about this show (holding back on the exclamation marks) and very pleased to announce it will be staged at FortyFiveDOwnstairs in late October / early November.

More to follow,

Cheers!

Dave

16/5/07 White Whale Full-Steam Ahead

White Whale Theatre is exited to announce that it has appointed a new Board of Managers. We welcome to the company:

  • Brooke Antulov - Production Manager
  • Richard Pettifer - Web Manager
  • Peter van der Merwe - Publicity Manager
  • Jules Malseed-Harris - Finances Manager
  • Michelle Edwards - General Manager
  • Adelle Lin - General Manger

to join us:

  • David Mence - Artistic Director
  • Kelly Farrow - Managing Director.

We are raising funds and programming for the next 2 years of coming theatre.

In other new: we have upcoming seasons of two new shows, Melburnalia, and For the Term of His Natural Life planned before the year is out.

We also will have a new website and, something that I'm really keen on, a monthly series of play-readings coming up!

See y'all in the belly of the whale,

Dave

26/7/07 Convict 002 and Melburnalia

White Whale are working hard on our two upcoming shows.

The first is Convict 002, a dark rewriting of Marcus Clarke's For the Term of His Natural Life, which will be on at the Northcote Town Hall in the Melbourne Fringe (September). I have finished the script (no, really, I have) and we are about to audition and begin rehearsals.

Our second show for 07 is Melburnalia, featuring five new short pieces by Melburnians: Ross Mueller, Lally Katz, Tee O'Neill, Kate Holden and Alice Pung. We are SO excited about this show (holding back on the exclamation marks) and very pleased to announce it will be staged at fortyfivedownstairs in late October / early November.

More to follow,

Cheers!

Dave

12/5/07 Dave digs Sydney and Bell Shakespeare

17/2/2007 Heads up from the Whale that is White

Hi Folks,

It's been a bit quiet on the 'ole White Whale front but there's a lot of movement in the stockyard now that we are back from China.

I'm off to Sydney in April to work as an assistant to Director Marion Potts on Bell Shakespeare's upcoming season of Othello. Stars Wayne Blair as the Big Daddy O and Marcus Graham as evil Iago - its all that I can do to stop from pooing my pants with anticipation.

Kel is employed in the Supreme Court of Vic as a Judges Associate and is hard at work incorporating WWT and establishing brand spankin' new Board of Whales.

And, we have two new productions coming up later in 2007 which we are really excited about! More to follow on this front shortly.

So keep yer eyes peeled and stay high in the mizzen mast lest ye miss the frothy spout of the White Whale and can't cry "Thar she blows!"

Aargh

Dave

30/9/06 Well Folks....Thats a Wrap

The Edinburgh season of Mabeth Re-Arisen is officially concluded (though the celbrations may continue well into the next millenium).

The great news is that, not only did we get rave reviews, sell the largest number of tickets at our venue (by a long shot), and have a cult word of mouth around the festvial, BUT our fantastic producer Kelly Farrow, was given a special award for Best Producer on the closing night of the Festival.

The many long hours, sleepless nights, mulitple stress induced hernias etc etc have all been worth it - the show was an out and out sucess.

We are all looking forward to another season and, fingers crossed, some new works for WWT to get their teeth into.

Buon Appetito!

30/9/06 Macbeth Re-Arisen Video Trailer Blows Your Mind!!!

You simply MUST check out the absolutely freakin' CRAZY trailer that has been put together by our resident Martin Scorcese (aka Richard Pettifer). The preview features such children's favourites as James Woods as Macbeth, Pablo Calero as Macduff, and the voices of the three witches, Ritchie himself, Johhny Depp and, that's right, Sean Connery...heh heh...

It's a wicked piece of film and (fingers crossed) will give us all a tiny taste of how Macbeth Re-Arisen will look when Peter Jackson agrees to direct it later this year.

You can find it at: www.festivalpreviews.com and simply plug in Macbeth into the search bar. Or just follow the link at www.festivalpreviews.com/previews/show.php?id=120

Many thanks to those who put so much time and effort into the preview, especially Richard and his co-editor Brooke.

Aaarghh!! Treasure!!

11/8/06 Astounding Edinburgh Reviews!

Macbeth Re-Arisen has had a fantastic critical reception at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We have had rapturous reviews appear in The List and Three Weeks, two of the biggest festival-related publications. The List, in particular, is about the biggest review one can get barring only The Scotsman and The Guardian.

The List gives us 4 STARS, whilst Three Weeks gives us 5 STARS and says that "it is immensely funny" and that "William is probably turning in his grave; but only because he wishes he could have written it himself."

The reviews can be found at www.list.co.uk and www.edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk respectively. Plug in Macbeth or Macbeth Re-Arisen and they should appear.

Alternatively you can jump across to the blog where I will post them in full.

Great news for us and all involved - congratulations to the cast and crew for their hard work! A well deserved confirmation of our production.

31/7/06 Radio National Interview Online

If anybody wants to check out the Radio National Interview I did before leaving Melbourne, its online at the ABC.

Just go to www.abc.net.au and plug in "Macbeth" into the search box.

It was recorded a couple of weeks ago so it might not be up there for much longer

31/7/06 Fabulous Melbourne Review Appears

The Melbourne show of Macbeth Re-Arisen 2006 has recieved a glowing report in The Program, an online magazine run by the commonwealth goverment.

Check it out at www.theprogram.net.au and punch in Macbeth into the search box.

Oh and, shucks, they even said "Shakespeare himself would be impressed."

Mammon

15/7/06 Follow the White Whale Edinburgh Blog!

For those interested in what White Whale Theatre will be getting up to during the Edinburgh Festival there is a now blog that you can follow at:

www.whitewhaletheatre.blogspot.com

Feel free to log in at any time and hopefully, if we are not too busy eating haggis, competing in cable-tosses, or absailing down the craggy walls of the castle, it will be regularly updated.

Cor Blimey!

Dave

6/6/06 MELBOURNE PRE-DEPARTURE SHOWS ANNOUNCED!!!

The universe shall lie a palsied leper
Before this deed of dreadful note is done…

Before flying off the Edinburgh, White Whale Theatre will be doing three performances of Macbeth Re-Arisen in Melbourne!

These shows will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July in the Guild Theatre, Union House, University of Melbourne, starting @ 7.30 PM.

Tickets are $20 and can be booked on 83447447.

Because there are only three shows, tickets are highly limited — those keen to see the show are encouraged to get in early… as they are selling out fast!

12/6/06 MACBETH RE-ARISEN IN EDINBURGH FRINGE!!!

On a foggy crag in the Highlands an old evil is reawakening…

White Whale Theatre is taking its run-away hit of 2004 across the seven seas to bonny Scotland to perform in the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

The show is being performed from the 4th to the 28th August @ Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41 - 19 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP.)

Show starts at 10.30 PM. Tickets are £9/7.50 and are available from the Fringe Office (0131 226 0000 or www.edfringe.com) or direct from Hill Street Theatre (0131 226 6522).