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What The Ocean Said

with James Brown and Collaborators

Storytelling and Meditation

Part guided meditation, part magical story, What The Ocean Said is a live experience for children aged 4+ and their grown-ups. This is a sensory world of vivid storytelling, dreamy electronic music, animation, and wonder.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Recommended for ages 4+

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider Member Priority – Thursday 24 February, 8am

General public on sale Friday 25 February, 9am

Season runs from Friday 11 March to Saturday 7 May 2022

Friday 11 March at 11.30am & 2pm

Saturday 12 March at 10am, 11.30am & 2pm

Saturday 7 May at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm

Standard tickets from $30* | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

For any special access requirements phone the Contact Centre on 02 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com.

Ticket Description & price
Standard All tickets excluding children and students
  $30
Child under 10 years Children aged 9 years and under
  $20
Students
full-time domestic students, must hold valid student ID
  $27

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. 

The authorised agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

A maximum of three (3) tickets per person are available. Tickets registered in excess of a ticket limit may be cancelled without notice.

The duration of this event is 60 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

In English | Wheelchair accessible

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support.

Find out more about accessibility at Sydney Opera House.

Recommended for ages 4+

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.  Children aged 0-23 months  at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge.  All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
 
Albert Einstein

Thank you

What the Ocean Said is a Sydney Opera House New Work Now commission, enabled by Jane & Russell Kift and by the Turnbull Foundation.

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Experience the creative development of What The Ocean Said

Join us for a creative development rehearsal where audiences are invited to see a new performance or workshop in development. Be part of the creative process, giving the artists feedback as they finalise the audience experience or interaction with their new project.

A sensory world of vivid storytelling

What The Ocean Said is a live experience for children and their grown-ups. You are invited to relax into a sea of pillows amidst a magical space of calm. This is a world of dreamy electronic music, animation, and wonder. See through the eyes of a humpback whale diving deep into the water, and expand into the reaches of the ocean itself. With mindfulness techniques wrapped up in a storytime adventure, we’ll introduce younger children to meditation, and offer bigger kids a whole new perspective. 

Thank you

What the Ocean Said is a Sydney Opera House New Work Now commission, enabled by Jane & Russell Kift and by the Turnbull Foundation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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What The Ocean Said
06 May 2022 - 06 May 2022
SCHOOLS PERFORMANCE. Part guided meditation, part magical story, What The Ocean Said is a live experience for primary school students and their teachers. This is a sensory world of vivid storytelling, dreamy electronic music, animation, and wonder.

Meet the Artists...

James Brown - Director, Writer and Composer

James Peter Brown is known for his highly evocative, original and diverse music scores and sound design. 

Having worked professionally across a large range of genres, from mainstage theatre, film, documentary, animation, video games and virtual reality. His process often involves creating music and sound in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound. 

His collaborations with directors and producers are often explorations of ethereal emotive experiences that become part of the deeper exploration of character and subject storytelling.

He has formed ongoing artistic collaborations with artists and companies  such as Sydney Theatre Company (Lord of the Flies, Mosquitoes, The Deep Blue Sea, The Real Thing, Home I’m Darling) Bethesda (Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Fallout Shelter) Victoria Hunt (Tango Wai, Copper Promises) ERTH (Duba, Badu, Winter Camp, The Liminial Hour, Prehistoric Aquarium VR) SOIT (The Lee Ellroy Show, Messiah Run, We Was Them, Nomads) POST (Ich Nibber Dibber, Oedipus Schmoedipus) and Kristina Chan (A Faint Existence, Mountain, Brightness).

He holds a visual arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts, where his focus was on composing and sound design for animation, and a Masters Degree in Acoustic Physics from Sydney University, where his thesis was on the physiological effects of low frequency sound on the body and mind.

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Alice Osborne - Director and Writer

Alice Osborne is a director, puppeteer and movement artist. A member of Compagnie Philippe Genty (Paris), Alice performed Boliloc internationally in four languages. In Australia she worked extensively with My Darling Patricia and created the dance theatre work Falling Woman with Halcyon Macleod for Performance Space. As Puppetry and Movement Director her work includes the Australian production of War Horse (National Theatre of Great Britain), The Splinter by Hilary Bell for Sydney Theatre Company; Diary of a Wombat, Possum Magic and Edward the Emu for Monkey Baa Theatre; Ruby's Wish for Holly Austin; and Justine Clarke’s Look! Look! It's a GobbledygookK. Alice co-devised and directed How to Build  a Home with artists with disabilities for Everafter Theatre.  She holds a Bachelor of Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

Alice animated the character ‘B’ in Nickelodean’s DIDI & B. Other television credits as puppeteer include: Me & My Monsters (The Jim Henson Company/ Sticky Pictures); Five Minutes  More (The Jim Henson Company/Buster Dandy Productions); Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (The Jim Henson Company); The Upside Down Show (Sesame Workshop/Blink Films); Humpty's Big Adventure and Maurice's Big Adventure (ABC).

Recently, as part of Sydney Opera House’s Creative Leadership in Learning program, Alice has collaborated with primary school students and teachers in Western Sydney to create performance and film for Amplified Festival. She is currently undertaking a Master of Occupational Therapy at University of Sydney.

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Vaishnavi Suryaprakash - Performer (March performances)

Vaishnavi is an actor, Bharathnatyam dancer and dramaturg. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 2017. 

Her theatre credits include Grand HorizonsWhite Pearl, and Julius Caesar [understudy] for Sydney Theatre Company; Counting & CrackingLife of Galileo, and Sami in Paradise for Belvoir Theatre; Moby Dick for Sport for Jove; Pramkicker for Vox Theatre; and Blue Christmas at KXT for New Ghosts Theatre. 

Her TV credits include Wakefield (ABC), Pieces of Her (NETFLIX)and The Secrets She Keeps (Lingo Pictures)Her short film credits include 2021 Blake Prize winner Stories of Kannagi and Pass the Parcel.

For her performance in Counting & Cracking, Vaishnavi received a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role. 

Vaishnavi also holds an Arts/Law degree from the University of Sydney. She is currently a Literary Associate at Belvoir Theatre this year.

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Nikita Waldron - Performer (May performances)

Nikita is an actor and writer. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 2017. Her theatre credits include Rules for Living, Lord of the Flies and Mosquitoes at Sydney Theatre Company, The Wolves and An Enemy of the People at Belvoir St Theatre, girl friend at Belvoir’s 25a, and Youth & Destination at KXT for Manifesto Theatre Company.

Her feature film credits include The Bystander Trials directed by Katherine Millard, Palm Beach directed by Rachel and Top End Wedding directed by Wayne Blair. And, the short films Pearly Gates directed by Meg Clarke and Trigger Happy written and directed by Sunshine Grace. Her TV credits include The Letdown (Series 2) directed by Trent O’Donnell for NETFLIX and Random and Whacky (Series 2) directed by Keaton Stewart and Monica O’Brien for Ambience Entertainment.

Prior to NIDA, Nikita commenced a Bachelor of PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at ANU. While at ANU, she directed and produced a production of Cosi which was nominated for Best Director, Best Production and won Best Ensemble at the Canberra Area Theatre Awards.

Nikita has also written, produced and acted in a web series titled Your Mates, working closely with the late actor-director Jess Falkholt to complete the pilot episode, shortly before her passing. Her debut play Falling, was shortlisted for Playwriting Australia’s Max Afford Award in 2020. Nikita is the 2021 recipient of the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission for Australian Theatre for Young People.

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Solomon Thomas - Video Designer

Solomon Thomas is a theatre maker and performer currently situated in Sydney. He explores the intersection between the physical and digital in theatre, experimenting with how theatre and film can co-exist in a live context. He works as a performer, puppeteer, theatre maker and video designer and is driven by how these practices meet formally. 

He graduated with BCA Honours in Performance from the University of Wollongong in 2013 and for the past six years has been actively engaged in creating and performing work for both independent and main stage theatre. He is a core member of re:group performance collective, Monday Night Cards and Woodcourt Art Theatre. His collaborations include Jackson! Le Diner Est Pret! (Woodcourt Art Theatre, 2013),  The Encounter (Adelaide Fringe, 2014 and La Mama, 2016, LOVELY (PACT, 2015), Tom William Mitchell (Woodcourt Art Theatre, 2017 and Merringong, 2018), Kraken Play (Crack Theatre Festival, 2017), Spacejunk (Sydney Observatory, 2018), Lifestyles of the Richard and Family (Next Wave, 2018) and Return to Escape From Woomera (Liveworks, 2018). Solomon has worked as a performer on Nick Cave’s Heard (Sydney, 2016), My Darling Patricia's The Piper (Sydney Festival, 2014 and the Edinburgh Fringe, 2015) and in development with Branch Nebula, Applespiel, Studio A, Chiara Guidi, and Erth. Solomon is currently a puppeteer with Erth Visual & Physical Inc (2014-19) and has toured with them throughout the UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

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Angus Callander - Designer

Angus Callander is a visual artist and designer based in Sydney. His art practice focuses on how the visual language of modernism can be reappropriated to influence our understanding of the physical world and the overlay of information we impose on it. His work crosses the mediums of painting, sculptural construction and digital animation. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and in 2015 graduated from the National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in painting. As a designer he works across architecture, film, TV and theatre. 

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Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Performances

Who is this performance suited to?

 

For children and families aged 4+; children must be accompanied by an adult (1 per child)

What should I bring on the day?

 

Just yourself, we'll provide pillows and seating for you and the kids to relax on.

I have access needs, how can the Opera House support me?

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support.

Is the Centre Pram accessible and is there pram parking?

All foyers are pram accessible. Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Where is the performance located? 

The performance happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre.

What if I am late for the performance?

We will start promptly at the performance time, however if you are running late, please make your way to the Centre of Creativity where we will let you in at an appropriate time in the performance.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance & Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the event. Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts.

I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

Where does this event/workshop/installation happen?

The workshop happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre

What if I can't come to the event?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases to enable contactless payment.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Opera House? 

Yes. Patrons and visitors aged 16 years and over entering the Opera House building are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless medically exempt (under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult). This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements do not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre. Check-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry. 

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Will my temperature be taken? 

In line with current NSW Health advice, we will not be carrying out temperature checks.

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