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Jayne Walling

Discipline: Theatre
Homebase: Victoria
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North
Languages: English, French
Themes: Climate Change and/or Environmentalism

Jayne is an internationally recognized theatre artist and professionally trained clown who has worked all over the world, creating new exciting plays for audiences of all ages with her strong visual and comedic style. Her shows are engaging and playful, incorporating live music and drawing from her clown and mask training in Paris, France. She loves to collaborate with artists of diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds to create shows which explore social themes for young audiences in innovative and exciting new ways. Having recently returned to Vancouver Island after over a decade of living overseas, Jayne is excited to embark on new theatrical adventures inspired by the beautiful west coast!


Performance(s)

The Big Wail

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Theatre
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 5
Duration: 45m + 10m Q+A
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Performing space approximately 20 feet wide, 20 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area. Access to the performance area 1h prior.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$950
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$0
Vancouver Island Lower
$800
Vancouver Island Mid
$800
Vancouver Island North
$800
Interior
$0
North
$0
Remote
$0
Kootenays
$0
Virtual
$0

Bertha, a little bottom feeding fish, on the bottom of the food chain, from the bottom of the ocean floor, is an ocean cleaner. It runs in her family. Her mother is an ocean cleaner, her father is an ocean cleaner, her sister is an ocean cleaner and so is she. When strange objects start appearing in her ocean home that are un-cleanable, Bertha volunteers (ahem - well, sort of) to get to the bottom of it. On her perilous quest she meets a porpoise with a dolphin complex, a sassy salmon that never gives up and a killer whale that's maybe not so killer after all. A play about family, appearances, and swimming against the current. This is a solo show that uses music, song, clown, mask and the wonders of our natural world to speak about our changing oceans. The Big Wail is an infectiously engaging, comical tale about a fish from the bottom that rises to the top. Teachers will have access to a study guide which includes exercises and games to prepare the students for this immersive show about the wonderful life under the ocean and it's changing environment.

Workshop(s)

Sea Animals Theatre Workshop

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Theatre
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: Full day, 4-5 30-60m workshops
Capacity: 30
Tech Requirements: a cleared floorspace (classroom or gym) of minimum 20x20 feet, which is not concrete.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$1,000
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$0
Vancouver Island Lower
$900
Vancouver Island Mid
$900
Vancouver Island North
$900
Interior
$0
North
$0
Remote
$0
Kootenays
$0
Virtual
$0

A theatre workshop exploring the animals native to the west coast beaches and ocean, bringing them to life through clown and physical theatre exercises, solo and group improvisation, and music and sound creation. Students will learn about the natives species to the west coast waters and explore their qualities through play. This highlight of this workshop is learning a theatrical song about the sea and the incredible animals who inhabit it.


Testimonials & Reviews

"I think this show is really funny, and Bertha is really brave! I learned a lot about animals under the sea and that was cool." Lola, Kindergarten Student
""The Big Wail" is hilarious and engaging. The audience was with her the whole time! What a fun way to learn about the amazing secret life in the Pacific Ocean. My favourite part was the songs." Carol, teacher and counsellor K-5
"Jayne is a skilled and expressive comic performer... the seeds of something fascinating." The Stage review, UK.

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