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The White Whale (2013)

Resonance: The White Whale

By Slung Low with Opera North Projects.

In preparation for a large scale theatre piece in Autumn 2014 commissioned by Leeds Inspired, Slung Low theatre company spent a week working at Fearns Island in the centre of Leeds, exploring the script and experimenting with different approaches to combining theatre and classical music in the piece.

Using headphones to bring the music and words directly to each audience member, the story of Ismael and Captain Ahab unfolded around the canals and bridges of industrial Leeds, on a scale both epic and intimate.

The music for this project was chosen by Oliver Coates.

Oliver Senton performs all the characters, Oliver Coates plays the cello and soprano Anna Dennis sings.

Music by Kurtag, Bach, Tavener, Dowland and Crane.

Alan Lane – Director
Oliver Coates – Music Director and Cellist
Oliver Senton – Actor
Anna Dennis – Soprano
James Philips – Writer


Oliver Coates is Artist in Residence at South Bank Centre and is winner of Royal Philharmonic society young artist award.

Anna Dennis studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker.  Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence.

James Phillips is a writer and director and is directing his new play Hidden in the Sand at the Trafalgar Studios, opening in October 2013.

Oliver Senton is a veteran of the RSC, Chichester and the West End, a regular collaborator with Slung Low and can next be seen improvising musicals with The Showstoppers at the Edinburgh Festival.

Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low and has made shows in castles, on trains, at Buckingham Palace, in a caravan and now on a bridge.

Performance history

Fearns Island, Leeds City Centre (work-in-progress showing)
4 August 2013

Photography Credits:

Tom Arber

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