The Beginning

Me & My Whale is a performance project which incorporates expanded approaches to text, theatre, music and programming to ask questions about the modern ownership of the natural world and our impending apocalypse.

It follows a military submarine captain at a crucial point in a bloody future war. Her ship is equipped with an untested acoustic weapon, which she has been ordered to detonate over the enemy capital. However, at the point when she must surface, she falls in love with a whale. Caught between her duty and her amygdala, we see many futures – generated procedurally through a performance-based interaction with reactive, live programming.

Originally written for Xavier’s (who?) dissertation for a masters in music, new life has been breathed into the project with the help of Mook (who?) and the support of Live Art Bistro, The HopBarn, The Royal Exchange Theatre and Arts Council England, who are, frankly, mad.

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This will be a straightforward blog, for anyone interested to see what we’ve been doing, and for its future life in 2018 (aka the Year of the Whale). It is my fond hope that one day it will take its place alongside Napoleon’s war diaries and the memoirs of Julius Caesar.

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