Ishmael

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

A dead earth. A climate refugee. A voyage to the outer solar system.

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.

Moby Dick reimagined as a contemporary space saga, Ishmael recasts earth’s no-longer-vast oceans with the immensity of the universe, and the endless possibilities and terrors it holds. In weaving the story to life, this boundary pushing 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.

By David Morton.

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

30 August - 11 September 2021. Click here to purchase tickets.

Director/Co-Designer David Morton
Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
Associate Director Matt Seery
Composer Bec Sandridge
Projection Designer Justin Harrison
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner
Co-Designer (props and locations) Jen Livingstone
Dramaturg Louise Gough
Associate Director Matt Seery
Cast Ellen Bailey, Patrick Jhanur, Barb Lowing

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.

Additional support has been provided by Glass Half Full Productions.

This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and by Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.