The White Whale wows crowds in Leeds

It was a night to remember on the Leeds - Liverpool canal last night, as the opening night of a free outdoor performance based on literary classic Moby Dick proved to be a big hit with a large crowd.

Produced by award-winning local-based theatre company Slung Low and commissioned by Leeds Inspired, those in attendance were treated as part of ‘The White Whale’ to a dark modern re-telling of Herman Melville’s famous book. Taken on a journey with Captain Ahab as he and his crew make their ill-fated pursuit of the white whale, the story written by James Phillips, is told by a seven-strong cast on boats and floating platforms which reside on the waters of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Leeds Dock.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the city’s industrial heritage, a set of headphones are made available to members of the audience to ensure they can fully immerse themselves in the tale, which beginning at 8.30pm and running until 14 September, is both an innovative and exciting night of entertainment.

For more information regarding The White Whale production, please see: www.slunglow.org/moby-dick/

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The opening night of The White Whale was truly spectacular, and it was fantastic to see the large crowd in attendance really immerse themselves in the performance.

"Leeds-based theatre company Slung Low have done a truly amazing job on the staging, music and set-design of The White Whale, which set against the backdrop of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, proves to be both innovative and thrilling at the same time.

"We are always looking at ways in which to expand the cultural offer in the city, and we have been delighted to provide support through Leeds Inspired to this particular project."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council. www.leedsinspired.co.uk

Slung Low is a company that makes adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces. Slung Low’s aim is to make unlikely, ambitious and original adventures for audiences, each with powerful, moving story at its heart. Shows that re-examine how audiences go and see a piece of theatre. The company’s ambition has always been to transport its audience to new places and to make them see familiar places from new perspectives. Slung Low is supported by Arts Council England.

Slung Low’s home is the Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB). Five railway arches in Holbeck South Leeds. The HUB is a rehearsal space which we make available to those making performance in the region who have need of it.

The HUB is also a place where we can invite exciting new work from other companies and present them to an audience; a makeshift performance space.


The project is also supported by Allied London, owners of Leeds Dock, and the Canal & River Trust (C&RT).

For further information, images or interview requests please contact Debbie Bradley or Lucie Walker at Anita Morris Associates on 01943 603311.

Debbie@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk / @Debbie_Pett

Lucie@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk / @LucindaJW

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk