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17th May 2022

A free, maritime history theatre performance for primary schools in Hull is now available.

Set in 1868, A Whale in a Bottle sees old shipmates George Clarke and Charles Edward Smith (with his dog Gyp) recalling the rise and fall of Hull’s whaling industry, and their adventures on the whaling ship Diana.

Written and performed by Theatre on the Edge, this performance uses drama, costume, song and original artefacts from the Hull Maritime Museum to bring to life the story of one of Victorian Hull’s most important maritime industries.

Pupils will also get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the exciting changes that are happening at the Hull Maritime Museum and the Arctic Corsair.

This performance is being offered free to primary schools in Hull as part of Hull Maritime t. The performance lasts for 30 minutes and is suitable for primary school pupils of all ages.

The performance is available to be booked between Tuesday 14 and Thursday 30 June.

Charles Edward Smith with Whale Oil - image from Hull Museums

To help prepare their pupils for their A Whale in a Bottle performance, or to reinforce their learning afterwards, schools can also book access to our free resource The Last Leviathans: the story of Hull’s whaling industry.

Cast of the Last Leviathans

As part of this resource, schools can access three special pre-recorded theatre performances, written and performed by Theatre on the Edge, which tell the tale of the Diana’s eventful voyage to the Arctic in 1866.

The performances are accompanied by a host of supporting resources, including the opportunity for pupils to have their creative writing displayed in the Hull Maritime Museum as part of our Marvellous Museum Labels Competition.

For more information about A Whale in a Bottle or The Last Leviathans: the story of Hull’s whaling industry, or to register interest for a free performance* at your school, please contact Hull Maritime at