Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre. Image by Jessica Wyld Photography.

“It’s a tribute to the presenters that they (students) were not rushed but given the conditions to grow and learn within a very motivating environment.”

School Principal


Sensorium Theatre


Oddysea is the latest sensory performance and residency from Sensorium Theatre.  Based on an underwater adventure, Oddysea is a highly specialised, hands-on and interactive theatre experience for young people with special needs including those with multiple disabilities. The audience is led through a tactile discovery where touch, taste and smell are as important as sight and sound in the storytelling process.

Almost as important as the performance itself are the preparatory hands-on activities through which students become familiar with the story, characters, songs and storytelling methods used in the performance. This takes place through a mini-residency at a school or organisation. During the residency the performers, the ocean environment and the characters are introduced to the children. This is a technique known as “embedding” and it works exceptionally well with children with complex disabilities who often need additional time to process and become familiar with new stimuli. The embedding process is a two-way learning process; the performers also meet the audience and learn about the individual learning abilities and communication style of each student, thus allowing them to deliver an individualised performance.

With an original sound score by Jamie David and installation set designed by Francis Italiano and textile designer Mand Markey, Oddysea, is a unique theatrical adventure.  All artists are highly skilled in working with children with special needs and working with your organisation to provide a rich experience for participants.

Audience size is limited to 12 so that individual learning abilities can be catered for and experiences can be maximised. Performing Lines WA can create a performance package tailored to your needs, from the full 7-day residency to a one-off performance.


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Performance history
2017 | AWESOME International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
 | QPAC, Brisbane, Queensland
2017Monkey Baa Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales
2017Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Tasmania
2017 | Dream Big Festival, Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
2017Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, New South Wales
2017Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, New South Wales
2017Griffith Regional Theatre, New South Wales
2017Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, New South Wales

2016 | Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, Western Australia
| Cummins Theatre, Merredin, Western Australia
| Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, Western Australia
| Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Western Australia
| Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Western Australia
| Esperance Civic Centre, Western Australia
| Goldfield Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

2015 | Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria
2015 | Sydney Opera House Sydney, New South Wales

2014 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, Western Australia
| Durham Rd School Bayswater, Western Australia
| Gwynne Park ESC Armadale, Western Australia
| Malibu School Safety Bay, Western Australia
| Carson St School East Victoria Park, Western Australia
| Gladys Newton School Balga, Western Australia

2013 | Carson St School East Victoria Park, Western Australia
2013 | Kenwick ESC Kenwick, Western Australia
2013 | Kalamunda ESC Kalamunda, Western Australia
2013 | Sir David Brand School Coolbinia, Western Australia


Sensorium Oddysea Evaluation Report



Artistic Directors: Francis Italiano and Michelle Hovane
Performing Artists: Amity Culver, Jamie David, Rebecca Bradley, Jessica Harlond-Kenny, Michelle Hovane and Francis Italiano
Composers:  Jamie David in collaboration with Mark Cain
Designer:  Francis Italiano
Textile Designer:  Mand Markey
Produced by Performing Lines WA


“I noticed that some of the more reticent/retiring students (usually those with autism) were really coming out of their shell and participating in their own way and own time.” – school feedback

“I’m in awe at how well the actors interact so wonderfully with the children, they truly are very gifted and talented people.” – James Galvin Foundation


Currently available for performing arts venue and schools touring.

Producer contact:

Rachael Whitworth
+61 8 9200 6232


Oddysea news!

Posted: September 9th, 2015

ODDYSEA – on the road

Posted: September 8th, 2015