Welcome to our WHIRLD!

Whirld is a drama/comedy series currently in development for free to air TV and/or online streaming, that is proudly being created in and around the Illawarra.  

Presently, our Whirld Team are in postproduction with a proof of concept web series and we hope to commence production on Season 1 of Whirld in 2022.



A disgraced corporate psychologist must find a way to manage and redirect her life after imploding both personally and professionally.  A dramedy that delves into the ethical, political and psychology of life, featuring quirky characters and incredulous circumstances - because life is stranger than fiction!

Whirld centres around the life, love, family and work of the central character Tay.  Her experiences, her actions and their resulting consequences.  Storylines examine the processes of human behaviour and the 'why' of what people do, while advocating the importance of self care and mental health.

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Whirld Web Series

Ms Tay Ken-Idee

The web series hilariously details one wrong turn after another following an incorrectly dialled phone number and a case of mistaken identity.  Five webisodes are now in postproduction, scheduled for release in September 2021.

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PHOTO CREDIT | Noel Mclaughlin


Whirld Web Series Principal Cast

The Best in the Business

Principal casting overseen by Anousha Zarkesh Casting.

Additional casting opportunities advertised via the Actors of the Illawarra Facebook page.


Beth Champion

Dr Tay Ken-Idee

Disgraced corporate psychologist.  She's meant to be a behaviour expert, but she can't even manage her own!


Whirld Music

From the beginning, music for this series has been a primary component in creative considerations.  The Whirld Team were therefore delighted to welcome the incredibly talented and award winning Jodi Phillis as a cornerstone in developing the desired music content.  Singer, songwriter, composer and artist, Jodi first made her mark on the Australian cultural landscape with alt-rock band The Clouds. Jodi is presently composing both the theme song and underscore for the Whirld web series.  


PHOTO CREDIT | Judith Russo


Beth Champion


Beth Champion is an accomplished actor who started her career with the Powerhouse Youth Theatre and within a few short years appeared on the big screen as country girl Emily in the Beatlemania feature film ,Secrets, alongside Noah Taylor.  A feature followed with the legendary Paul Cox and numerous roles in TV as well as an abundance of TV Commercials. Beth has worked extensively as a voice artist, most currently as a regular on the Foxtel Lifestyle channels and is a sought after book narrator. Stagewise, she has performed with both the STC (Sydney Theatre Company) and The Old Fitzroy.  More recently, Beth has discovered a passion for group-devised performance, producing and directing at the performance space DramAttic. 

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Karen Illesca

Co-Creator, Producer and Co-Writer

Karen Illesca has worked as an actor, director and producer, predominantly in theatre.   She  holds a number of screen credits, primarily in the role of Production Manager due to her mad organisational skills!  She loves to create and has worked previously in both drama and music education, as well as developing online media and engagement campaigns as a freelance operator. Karen has recently left her permanent position as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator in the tertiary sector to co-found 2Kats Productions  Pty. Ltd.   with her creative partner Phillippa Webb.

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Joanna Richards


Joanna Richards is an actor, writer, and academic who is currently completing her PhD on gender, politics, and cognitive linguistics. She frequently appears in print and on television to discuss issues relating to gender and representation. Jo loves to create art, and feels fortunate to be able to blend her various interests to create meaningful work. Above all else, she loves to laugh, and make others laugh! 

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Phillippa Webb

Co-Creator and Producer

Phillippa Webb has a background in Theatre Design and has worked previously in both film and TV including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the Farscape series.  She has worked extensively in music education and for more than ten years has been working predominantly in Art Galleries and Museums as a Curator, Exhibition Coordinator and Collection Manager.


Key Creatives


Creative Director

Phillippa Webb


Director of Photography


Production Designer


Sound Designer


Would you like to be part of our Whirld?

And support the development of Illawarra Creative Industry?

Even simply following @whirldseries is a great way to support our WHIRLD adventure... but we are also looking for local in kind and financial support to fund all five fabulous episodes of the Whirld Web Series! Sponsor Brief

Becoming a Whirld Web Series sponsor can provide ongoing exposure for your product or service, with series content to be made available to view on demand anytime, any place.  Our web series content will be devoured by people in the Illawarra and surrounding regions, as audiences love to see the the places they know and love on screen - and the word is getting out!

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - @whirldseries

  • Make a donation!  Contact us directly via the form below to arrange an EFT to our WHIRLD bank account.

  • Become a Silver, Gold or Platinum Whirld Sponsor to promote your products, services & brand.  Starting with your logo here:


Premiere Sponsor

Award winning craft spirits made right here in the Illawarra. SCD were the very first business to support the Whirld Web Series project and will forevermore be our premiere sponsor (& we really love their gin)!




The Icon Bar


The Icon is a restaurant and bar located the heart of Wollongong, directly behind the IPAC entertainment centre.  The menu is Greek influence with an L.A. vibe and includes tapas plate options for those who love to share, as well as main meals for those who don't.





With natural wonders such as the iconic Royal National Park and Sublime Point within driving distance, Thirroul Beach Motel is an ideal central springboard to discover all that the NSW South Coast has to offer.


Mangerton Corner Store Cafe


A convenience store, coffee bar & deli all in one!  Gary and Deb provide genuine hospitality & delicious food in an inspired, relaxing environment!

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Catering & Fine Foods. Hand made with love for all events, all
day, everyday, anywhere and anytime from 2 to 2000!



Gourmet Deli and Café in the heart of Wollongong.  Deli and Dine on Market offers delicious antipasto, mouth-watering deli meats, exquisite cheese and heavenly bread.



A family owned company in the heart of Gerringong, NSW, who love the coffee, the beach, and the world around them.



Simply the best! Linda singlehandedly managed all the on set hair requirements - as well as running her regular business on Crown Street, Wollongong.



Originally from the Illawarra, Noel is a photographer who is now based in Sydney, shooting a diverse range of subjects for both commercial and social-media clients.

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LoveDuck embraces joy and finds the gorgeous in the every day.  It is at once both womanly and strong.  Perfect, beautiful garments to dress our Tay!


Providing Optometry services and quality eyewear to residents in the Illawarra for 35 years.  Thank you Andrew!


Anita's Theatre is a premier live music and theatre venue for hire, nestled in the beautiful village of Thirroul, New South Wales.


Established in 1958,  Booth Signs  (Aust) Pty Ltd, is the longest established sign writing business in the Illawarra.  Servicing both local and national clients.


Upcoming Events

  • Whirld Web Series Cast & Crew Premiere
    Time is TBC
    Anita's Theatre Thirroul
    Time is TBC
    Anita's Theatre Thirroul, 264-270 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul NSW 2515, Australia
    Be the first to see the entire web series at a red carpet event with cast, crew & media, before it is officially published online.

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Contact Us

If you're interested in being a Whirld volunteer, crew member or campaign sponsor, please send us a message via this form.

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