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Parked virtual creative exchange @ Alter State

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Parked creative development photo. A parent/carer with long dark hair and a fringe holds a small child with a similar hairstyle. They are in a large room filled with natural light, surrounded by green hanging foliage and plants.

By staying in one place we can see the world turn.

Parked (working title) is a long form collaboration between Polyglot Theatre (AUS) and Oily Cart (UK) that is taking place over time and distance, working in parallel in two countries. The central point of view for the creation of the work is of disabled children who experience the most barriers to access.

Virtual Creative Exchange

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria 

Join a live virtual conversation between principle creatives from Polyglot Theatre and Oily Cart to learn more about Parked, the process involved in its creative development and guiding principles of the project. Attendees will receive prompts for a sensory, creative activity, and can participate in an open Q&A.

Panellists: Sue Giles AM, Ellie Griffiths, Greta McMillan, Dr. Tanja Beer

Wednesday 10 November, 7pm AEDT / 8am GMT. FREE – registration required: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2021/festivals-and-series/alter-state/parked-creative-development

About Polyglot Theatre

Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne making exceptional arts experiences for children and families. Our unique brand of participatory theatre encompasses a wide variety of forms, and is shared with audiences everywhere, from the world’s most prestigious theatres to the football grounds of regional Australia. Access is central Polyglot’s work, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play.

About Oily Cart

For 40 years, Oily Cart has been creating accessible, sensory theatre for and with disabled and non-disabled children and their families. An Oily Cart show can take place anywhere – bouncing on a trampoline, floating in a hydrotherapy pool, or even flying up in the air! Using touch, sounds, smells, music and movement, our interactive, responsive shows prioritise the enjoyment of children for whom standardised theatre formats create barriers to access.

Visit Oily Cart’s website


Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne for a major arts and disability festival Alter State, Parked (working title) is supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season. It has also received additional support from the Cassandra Gantner Foundation, State Trustees Australia Foundation, the Prescott Family Foundation, ArtPlay and Arts Council England.

Read more about Parked Biophilia and nature deficit: co-designing natural spaces with and for children by Dr. Tanja Beer


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