Polyglot Theatre tours to Germany this month premiering Paper Planet at the Fratz Festival in Berlin from 19 – 20 April – a flagship event showcasing contemporary theatre for pre-school children.
One of Polyglot’s best loved works, Paper Planet is a giant installation of cardboard trees where a new world is created by children’s imagination and energy. Using only tape and paper and an ambient atmosphere created through sound and lighting children create a paper world of trees, creatures and costumes, with all the complexity and chaos only children can dare to create.
The Fratz Festival is a festival in Berlin especially dedicated to theatre experiences for pre-school children. It is hosted by Theatre O.N. a well-respected theatre company making and touring theatre work for children.
Ahead of this premiere Polyglot Theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Giles will host masterclass workshops with artists and delegates of the festival showcasing Polyglot’s unique child led artistic approaches to creating theatre experiences, a method for which Polyglot is internationally renowned. Giles will also be attending the ASSITEJ (Association of International Theatre for Children and Young People) Executive Committee meeting, concurrently hosted by the Augenblick-Mal! Festival, also in Berlin.
“Our tour to Germany is not only a great opening door to Europe with one of our favourite shows, but a great chance to work alongside European organisations and local artists to make it happen. We look forward to artistic and cultural exchange, conversations with people who share our passion for theatre of all kinds and a chance to engage deeply with children as participants and agents in the work,” says Sue Giles, Polyglot Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Polyglot Theatre is a producer of creative, innovative experiences for children and families that engages Victorian artists in the global export of our creative industries. Our unique focus on children’s play as a theatrical device and the celebration of children’s creativity and energy, has positioned the company as international leaders in contemporary theatre experiences for children.
This international activity is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the City of Stonnington.