Presented by Dead Puppet Society, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Brisbane Festival in association with Screen Queensland, Ishmael is a space opera about healing, hope and humanity that aims to bring the backstage onstage and transport the audience to the outer reaches of the solar system. Postponed for 12 months due to COVID-19, this contemporary reimagining of Herman Melville’s Moby Dickhas made its world premiere at QPAC as part of Brisbane Festival 2021.

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Written, directed and co-designed by David Morton, Ishmaelis set in 3022, when humanity has been forced to look off-planet for the resources to survive. The piece condenses Moby Dick’s hundreds of pages into a sharp 85 minutes, touching on the novel’s key plot points and maintaining the core themes in exploring humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Ishmaelalso makes regular reference to Moby Dickthrough place and character names, snatches of dialogue and costuming. While the arcs of the three central characters are similar, they do not...