Polyglot Theatre returns to Indonesia this week to develop a new participatory theatre work in collaboration with Papermoon Theatre. This is the third time Polyglot and Papermoon have joined forces, combining their distinct styles and process around a shared artistic philosophy. This time, the collaboration will focus on creating a theatre experience for the very young.
Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) is the title of the piece, taking a child’s perspective of journeys at sea and striking at the heart of children’s part in migration and asylum. The process will happen in a fishing village in the North of Java – Lasem – where for centuries immigrant Chinese and Muslim families have lived and worked. Cerita Anak takes the central story of a child adrift in a boat in a large and puzzling world and creates a space where little children can engage with the story in different ways. Cerita Anak is inspired by a child’s true tale of arrival at Christmas Island and thus to Australia by fishing boat, only a year ago.