Dead Puppet Society



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

By David Morton

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.

Don’t miss the world premiere season of Ishmael as part of Brisbane Festival 2020.

Tickets here.

Production team:

Director/Co-Designer David Morton
Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
Composer Bec Sandridge
Co-Designer Jen Livingstone
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Projection Designer Justin Harrison
Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner
Dramaturg Louise Gough
Cast Barb Lowing, Maren Searle and Drew Wilson

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

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