The 4 to 19 September 2020 season of Ishmael was postponed. All ticket holders were contacted by QPAC to process refunds.

We are currently working with the producers to ascertain rescheduled dates for this production, with 30 August – 11 September 2021 currently under consideration. If you are a school teacher and are interested in being added to the waitlist for this event, please contact our QPAC School Group Sales team via email with your name, school, email address and best contact number.

A Dead Puppet Society production
Written by David Morton

Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, reimagined for a new millennium.

On the resource-depleted earth of a not so distant future, a young climate refugee named Ishmael is given the chance to build a new life, provided she can survive a voyage to the outer solar system aboard the MV Pequod under the command of the obsessive Captain Ahab.

A contemporary space saga, Ishmael recasts earth’s no-longer-vast oceans with the immensity of space, and the endless possibilities and terrors it holds. In weaving the story to life, this boundary pushing visual theatre production melds live film making with live action, miniature sets, puppetry and an original score by indie pop musician Bec Sandridge to tell a captivating story about individual hope and collective redemption.

Don’t miss the world premiere season of Ishmael as part of Brisbane Festival.

Ishmael is the latest work by the internationally acclaimed Dead Puppet Society (Laser Beak Man, The Wider Earth) who lend their trademark magic to Herman Melville’s beloved classic Moby Dick.

“The company’s strength is their ability to create an entire realm for their audience to inhabit ... they are nothing short of amazing.” Time Off Magazine

Director and Co-Designer David Morton
Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
Composer Bec Sandridge
Co-Designer Jennifer Livingstone
Projection Designer Justin Harrison
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner
Dramaturg Louise Gough

The Ishmael script was commissioned by Dead Puppet Society. The production has been commissioned by Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Dead Puppet Society, and Brisbane Festival in association with Screen Queensland.


    Recommended for ages 12+.

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    In line with Queensland Health advice QPAC is operating at 100% capacityi. For contact tracing purposes, patron contact details must be provided as part our booking process. These details can be updated via your QPAC account or by calling QTIX (136 246). For further information on how we are committed to being COVID Safe see our safety measures.

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Presented by QPAC, Dead Puppet Society, and Brisbane Festival, in association with Screen Queensland

Hero artwork by Standing By Company

Pricing Guide


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