To conform with COVID restrictions Circo Rum Ba Ba have re-crafted  ‘Plastic Ocean’ to offer a show that takes place in front of their 18 metre sperm whale.  

The audience gathers behind a lobster net fence that surrounds the Whale. They interact with the eccentric marine biologist, Netty Northwest, who engages them with nautical repartee until the show begins.

A soundscape of waves and seagulls builds, until the performers emerge from the side and the back of the Whale with beautiful puppets made especially for the show by ‘War Horse’ puppet master, Jimmy Grimes. 

An acrobatic diver leads the audience through the life and journeys of an ancient Leatherback Turtle and the threats and dangers it faces to survive. Circo Rum Ba Ba explores the tale of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. The audience helps save the turtle and the whale from a deluge of plastic, leaving them feeling empowered, that everyone can make a difference.

This is just the show to consider if you have a large flat area to animate and feel like having a 18m giant inflatable whale on site for the day. As the whale inflates there will be a sense of excitement in the air as people gather to find out what is happening, where it came from and why?

When restrictions are relaxed the normal shows will resume. Over the course of the day the public will be invited to actually step inside the whale and watch some brilliantly animated performances.  Choose from:

The children’s show, The Pirate’s Misadventure, in which a noisy fish wife will reveal the decorated seascape inside and introduce the audience to a shipwrecked pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live mermaid with an intriguing secret.

The animated installation, The Mariner’s Museum, in which an ancient sea salt leads visitors around a museum of deep sea wonders. Curiosities include: mermaids’ purses, an arm wrestling octopus, a skeleton with xylophone ribs and bewildering flotsam and jetsam. The audience is invited to touch and taste some of the exhibits.

Plastic Ocean The audience are greeted by a cheerful Navigator character who invites them to step inside the Whale and experience a beautiful, funny and interactive show which will highlight the impact plastic has on our environment through a series of fun learning and theatrical experiences.


The Whale is perfect for centrepiece for all seaside, nautical or maritime themed events. 

Safe & Accessible

This act, along with every other act on our website, is expert in adapting to a variety of performance settings, including during the constrictions of the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic.

The performances will be tailored to the event and location to ensure that all interactions are socially distanced without compromising the joy and spectacle.


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The Whale

by Circo Rum Ba Ba

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  • Marvellous for Maritime Events
  • Excellent for Environmental Events

‘Their show was well received and the fisherman’s wife worked really hard outside the whale to entertain the families of children going in. She was inspirational and an unrelenting character, a real credit to her profession.’

— Sharon Scaniglia, Rushcliffe Borough Council

The whale stories are great fun!

— Young Audience member, Salisbury