FOR P6 - S2 PUPILS
February and March 2023
MAYA AND THE WHALE
Maya and The Whale is the story of a young climate activist on the run, grappling for hope amid unfolding global disasters.
Maya finds herself face to face with a dying whale and is confronted with the enormity of the task ahead. Her dad works in the oil industry and her mum just wants her to enjoy a childhood free of worry, but how can she go about business as usual when there’s a Climate Emergency?
The audience plays the part of the dying whale in this darkly comic and provocative one woman show for a generation faced with unprecedented challenges.
The show is touring sustainably across Scotland. The performers will be travelling to schools by bike, supported by public transport. More details are in the Teachers Information section below.
Cost: £500 + VAT per day
2 performances included per day
Theatre in Schools Scotland offers a Small School Subsidy on request, to support remote schools or those with a small school roll.
BOOKING INFO: From 20 February to 3 March performances will take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Lothians. From 6 - 31 March performances are available throughout Scotland.
We are offering a virtual Zoom session for teachers with Maya and The Whale's creator Hazel Darwin-Clements on 23 February 2023 from
4 - 5pm. In this free session you will find out how to get the most out of the show when it comes to your school and Hazel will share ideas about how to follow up on the performance.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hazel previously toured her show The Attic with TiSS, which she created with Starcatchers for whom she is an Associate Artist. She also made and performed in the Starcatchers shows Too Many Cooks, Round in Circles and Hup (with RSNO). She has also worked with Frozen Charlotte, Catherine Wheels, Visible Fictions, National Theatre of Scotland, Puppet Lab, Platform, the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Lyceum Theatre and Strange Town.
She is a podcaster and created the People to People podcast, CliMates and Small Small Rainbows. She is committed to supporting community climate action and currently runs a cargo bike library, a community fridge and a peer-to-peer car sharing network in her local area.
Maya and the Whale was created during a mentorship from Playwright Studio Scotland and was first shared in Easterhouse during COP26 as part of Dear Green Place project by Fieldwork performance.
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Sustainable Touring - Maya and The Whale
In light of the climate emergency, and in particular the voices of young people calling for immediate change, Hazel-Darwin Clements has been rethinking how she creates theatre for touring. With Maya and The Whale Hazel is keen to save energy, avoid wasteful consumption and the burning of fuel, and is developing a more sustainable touring theatre model.
Travel to your school
The performers will travel by bike, supported by public transport. Where there is no other option they will hire a shared vehicle or get a lift.
The play was written to be performed without a theatre set or lighting. Time otherwise spent moving the set or lights can be given over to longer travel time and equipment doesn’t need to be transported.
E-bikes make cycling to schools not only possible but enjoyable in hilly Scotland.
TiSS is booking the tour in schools across Scotland with travel and distance in mind.
Materials we bring to your school
All props and costumes are borrowed or bought second-hand
Ethical supply chains, product longevity and repairability are considered for every purchase
Everything we bring for your school’s performance is small and light enough to fit on the back of a bike or in a backpack!
The company would like the impact of the work to resonate beyond the performance in your school and inspire collective action in your community.
Alongside the performance, classes will find out how they can link up with projects and resources designed to continue the conversation about climate resilience.
Download the Teachers' Resource Pack below so you can continue the conversation with your class.
curriculum for excellence
I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work. EXA 0-15a / EXA 1-15a / EXA 2-15a / EXA 3-15a
I can analyse technical aspects of drama and scripts, make informed judgments and express considered opinions on my own and others’ work. EXA 4-15a
Health and Well Being
I am aware of how friendships are formed and that likes, dislikes, special qualities and needs can influence relationships. HWB 0-44a / HWB 1-44a
Created and performed by Hazel Darwin-Clements
Director Lewis Hetherington
Performed with live music by Nik Paget-Tomlinson
Produced by Independent Arts Projects
Photography by Andrew Perry