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What The Ocean Said

James Brown and Collaborators

Term 2

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.

In the Centre for Creativity | Creative Learning

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.

Suitable for Early Stage 1 - Stage 2

This event is recommended for Years K - 3

Three sessions on Friday 6 May 2022

Friday 6 May at 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm

Standard tickets from $27
One complimentary teacher per 15 students

 

Ticket Description & price
Student All student ticketholders
Standard $27
Teacher All teacher ticketholders
One complimentary teacher per 15 students
$0
Additional teacher $20

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Students must be accompanied at all times.

Authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House

The duration of this event is 40 mins + 15 mins Q&A

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.

Teacher resource pack

A Teacher Resource Pack will be available from 2022.

Thank you to our donors

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

A sensory world of vivid storytelling

What The Ocean Said is a live experience for students and teachers. You are invited to relax into a sea of pillows amidst a magical space of calm. This is a world of storytelling, 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 to our donors

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
What The Ocean Said
11 Mar 2022 - 07 May 2022
Part guided meditation, part magical story, What The Ocean Said 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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Nikita Waldron - Performer

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.

Soloman Thomas headshot

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

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

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 - Schools

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We recommend your group arrives early at the venue, at least 45 minutes prior to the performance start time.

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as possible, but please be aware that some events have lock out periods where late comers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.  Occasionally this is not until the interval, and in some instances late comers won’t be admitted at all. 

Please call Front of House on 02 9250 7134 to notify us if your group is running late.

Where is the closest location for bus parking and drop off?

The closest location to disembark from buses and coaches is on Macquarie Street. Please contact City of Sydney to confirm bus and coach set down areas. We recommend allowing an additional 10 minutes for walking from Macquarie Street. There is no bus parking onsite at Sydney Opera House. 

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

Circular Quay is the closest station for public transport via train, bus and ferry. We recommend allowing 15 minutes to walk from Circular Quay for school groups. To view timetable information and ensure your public transport needs can be met, please contact Transport NSW. Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on COVID-19 safety measures for public transport.

Is there storage for school bags?

The safety and security of everyone visiting our site is paramount. We require all items larger than the dimensions of an A4 piece of paper to be cloaked. As our cloakrooms have limited space, we request that where possible teachers and students do not bring large bags/backpacks with them to the performance.

Does Sydney Opera House have a Risk Assessment policy?

Download our Risk Assessment Information 2021 here

Where can I eat nearby?

If your students are bringing a packed lunch, Royal Botanic Gardens adjacent to the Opera House is quite pleasant in fine weather. Or our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to kid friendly meals. See our Restaurants. 

Can I take food and drink inside the venue?

Food and drink are permitted inside the foyers, but not in the venues.

What if our school group can't attend the performance?

Please contact our Creative Learning Ticketing Specialists on 02 9250 7770  as soon as possible to advise if your group can no longer attend. If your group can no longer attend because your school is located in a hotspot, or has had a positive case of COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you. 

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?

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.

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 visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions - 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.

Are there change tables in the CFC?

Baby change table and nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations. View our map here for more info.

  • Western Foyers – close to the Centre for Creativity, Drama Theatre as well and the Playhouse
  • Lower level of the Concourse
  • Main Box Office accessible toilets
  • Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, or within the western foyers, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will only be open 60 minutes pre-show for Centre for Creativity activities. However it is strongly encouraged you travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues, this will assit with minimising contact and queuing.

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 pram parking at kids performances?

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.

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.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you need to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focussed, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minumum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capacities.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions - Creative Developments

Do I need to book a ticket?

Yes. While these events are free, you must register your attendance. Please check the ticket information relating to your event as some events require a parent and child ticket.

Can I drop my child off and leave the Centre?

No, parents, guardians and carers need to accompany and supervise their children at all times. These sessions are especially designed for intergenerational time together. Please check the ticket information relating to your event as event requires a parent and child ticket.

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