Tuesday, 14 August 2018

“Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick at the Seymour Centre

Things have been chaotic and incredibly busy this week - I spoilt myself and snuck off to Moby Dick at the Seymour Centre. I'd seen this play about 30 years ago, at the Marion Street theatre and loved it, as the actors made the boat, the whale and the all the characters, in a nonstop fluid motion, like the rolling ocean.  

This production is quite different, with a look at obsession, madness and a modern day thought for the animals we kill. Two of the actors, Wendy Mocke and Vaishnavi Suryaprakash, mesmerized me every time they 'stifled' the rocking of the boat. I found my eyes kept seeking them out and from my chair would catch their motion, slowly swaying with them.

What I didn't remember was all the wonderful lines in the book. While the title of this post is the most famous quote, it is actually the least relevant to life. Over the next few weeks you will find the wisdom of Melville peppering my posts.

I am loving that I can occasionally take a day for myself, I am loving that there are good, relatively cheap productions around and I am, of course loving the hunt for the great white whale.

May we all enjoy the chase in this life, not dependent on the success.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” 
― Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick 

What are you loving this week?

Linking with #Lovinglifelinky.

PS You have until the 25th August to see Moby Dick at the Seymour Centre. Sport for Jove Theatre Co. is an unfunded independant theatre company. That means use it or lose it, for these interesting performances.


  1. 30 yr ago .. it's really a very long time.

  2. How have I never read Melville? I've just been off googling quotes. You are indeed fortunate to be able to support these independent theatre companies.

    1. I know! I haven't either. I'm about to start tho!

  3. Lucky you. I've not been doing anything very exciting lately. Packing and moving house is taking all my spare time at present. #TeamLovinLife

  4. I'm ashamed to admit I've never read Moby Dick. I mean... I kinda know the plot (kinda) but really should actually read the book! #teamlovinlife

  5. I'm like Deb. Never read the book, however I did see the most recent movie adaptation. It was very BIG (like any whale I suppose). You see so many interesting things in your neck of the woods. Sydney has so much to offer