Whalebone_Jens_Altheimer_Frankston Arts Centre 2022

Can we save our stories when the robots arrive? Physical reality turns virtual and back in this family show about what makes us humans human.

Be dazzled by this solo performance full of eccentric contraptions, puppetry, video projections, object-manipulation and physical performance.

Event Description

If you’re looking for an engaging family show that’s a little quirky on the school holidays, then this is for you!  The worldwide premiere of Whalebone will inspire the minds of young aspiring inventors and is perfect for kids aged 7-12 years.

Can we save our stories when the robots arrive?

Out of line and out of time: the ‘Depository' is a mysterious bureau that has seen better days. It's only remaining operator continues with an important task. With the help of some strange machinery, he extracts the stories that live in old, discarded objects and safeguards them in the magical place where all stories are kept. A difficult task in a time when people throw out everything so quickly.

This strange and vulnerable world starts to fall apart when the place is under attack by a rogue AI... and only two unlikely allies can save the ‘Depository’ and its stories.

Storytelling versus data-management, human versus machine: a gripping and humorous clash between the analog and the digital, told through dazzling video and computer animations, quirky contraptions, robotics, clunky inventions and flying objects.

Physical reality turns virtual and back in this family show about what makes us humans humans, the stories we tell and artificial intelligence knocking at the door.

Performed by the imaginative mind of tinkerer, inventor and comedian Jens Altheimer (nominated for the Adelaide Fringe Award for 'Best Production for Children' 2017).

Glowing reviews from previous productions by Jens Altheimer:

“...an outstanding piece of children’s theatre” - The Mercury

“...full of handmade gadgets and contraptions that will leave children in awe” - The Advertiser

"A comical visual feast which simply has to be seen to be believed” - ArtsHub  

"...an engaging blend of skill and creativity, of energy, emotion and fun" - Brisbanekids  


Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Jens Altheimer 

Creative Victoria_Australia Council for the Arts


 Thanks to our 2022 partners:

FAC Partners theatre cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre

COVID-Safe Plan

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Includes fast-paced video effects and twitchy sounds.



  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM