Moby Dick

18 to 21 April - The Great Hall

Puppetry, live music and four clowns bring the famous Moby Dick story to life in the Great Hall from 18 to 21 April.

Tom Eason at rehearsals for Moby Dick in the Great Hall.

Presented by Two Productions and the Arts Centre, it promises a raucous good time for people of all ages as the skilled performers enlist the audience to help tell this epic tale.

It’s the first stage show that Two Productions has put on since returning to Christchurch and taking up residence at the Arts Centre earlier this year.

“Moby Dick launches our 2017 theatre season and our relationship with the Christchurch public – and it’s the perfect story for us to introduce ourselves with,” says Co-Director Holly Chappell.

“It’s a show about four clowns trying to wrestle with how to tell such an epic story – mirroring how many in Christchurch are wrestling with the massive task of rebuilding a culture, a city and dealing with the huge feelings that come along with that. We want to take that wrestle and deal with it in a way that is fun, raucous and epic.”

The show is suitable for people of all ages, but will particularly appeal to families with teenagers.

Along with the Christchurch-based Holly and her partner Tom Eason, Moby Dick will bring together a number of nationally recognised practitioners.

“We’re keen to show these practitioners the charm and excitement of creating and performing in a rebuilding city. Plus we want to land our firmly held belief that a show can do more than entertain – it can provoke inspiration, thought and dialogue within a community, as well as make people laugh, cry and scream.”

The production will see the audience following the clowns as they embark on a doomed mission to bring down the fearsome white whale Moby Dick. Through the clever use of props, the Great Hall will transforms from a town to a church and then into a mighty whaling ship.

“One moment the actors are whales of the deep – spouting at the surface – the next they are the ocean itself as they row around in makeshift boats,” says Holly.

“The whole atmosphere is just really cheeky. We want to transport the audience so have the performers roaming around, playing their instruments, serenading them with outrageous sea shanties and helping them find the best seat.”

Show dates and times:

• Tuesday 18 April: 7pm
• Wednesday 19 April: 7pm
• Thursday 20 April: 7pm
• Friday 21 April: 7pm and 9pm

$15 Adult; $10 Senior (65+), Student or Child (12 years and under)

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.