We had a whale of a time with ‘Speedy’ and QPAC’s SummerSet Program

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has brought some amazing productions to the Brisbane stage this summer. We were fortunate to catch both Mister Maker AND The Snail and the Whale by best-selling writer/illustrator team, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Books by these authors are always on high request at bedtime with The Gruffalo and The Highway Rat usually on repeat. The Snail and Whale is also a much loved favourite and has a beautiful theme about a tiny snail  called “Speedy” that longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale.

Together they go on an amazing adventure experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes.

Here’s Speedy making her way to downunder to perform for Aussie audiences. Image courtesy of QPAC. 

The verdict

The performers did a great job of portraying the amazing journey of the tiny snail which is seen through the eyes of a young girl who’d love to be going round the world with her seafaring father.

The story told live really struck a chord with us because the boys often wish that they could go on their Jetsetting Dad’s work trips both to be with him and to have some more amazing adventures.

This stage production combines live music, storytelling and lots of laughs. There were also a few welcome surprises in the show that had us jumping up out of our seats…but in a good way!

Our boys loved the show and we believe it’s suitable for everyone aged four years and up.


There’s still time to catch the exciting theatrical adventure live on stage in QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre which is showing through to 22 January 2017. To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136-246.

Adventurous Speedy taking in the London sights. Image courtesy of QPAC. 


We were guests of QPAC for this performance. All opinions are our own and accurate at the time of publication.