Polyglot Theatre Voice Lab e-news – March

“I would change all the sadness into happiness.”

Welcome to the third edition of the Voice Lab e-news. You’re receiving this email because you’ve connected with Polyglot about Voice Lab. We hope that you’ll enjoy reading about the ways Voice Lab is being used by our partners in local government and the social services sector to listen to children and effect positive change.


In January, Voice Lab was used by the City of Booroondara to gather insights for its Children and Young People Action Plan. Voice Lab visited the Ashburton Library and the Hawthorn Arts Centre and spoke to 47 children aged 4-11 years about their experience living in the area. Overall, the children like living in their neighbourhoods and enjoy spending time with family and friends, with many noting that their favourite place to play was either their backyard or the local park. There was a general sentiment that if they could change something about their lives and the world, it would be to clean up the environment and to make people happier and kinder.
In February, Voice Lab travelled to Brisbane for the final stage of a project with Mission Australia’s Communities for Children, Inala to Ipswich. The project sought to discover what children would like to see in their community to make it the best it can be for children and young people. It also gathered feedback on Mission Australia’s programs and provided insight to local schools about issues that concern children about their school experience. Across the week, Voice Lab spoke to 100 children from seven primary schools in the region. 

Q: What do you think it means for people to feel connected?
A: It makes people feel like they have a place in this world and they are loved.

Satellite Foundation works with children, young people and their families in situations where a parent has mental illness. In September, the organisation used Voice Lab for two programs – at the Children’s Camp and at its annual Music and Songwriting Workshop, which Voice Lab also attended in 2018. A journal post on Satellite’s website includes some of the insights shared with Voice Lab by the program participants – read it here. We’ve also included the outcome video below.

“As an evaluative tool, Voice Lab’s benefit was always clear. Through its unique elements of time, attention, space and design, we are able to garner meaningful opinions and unfiltered feedback on any number of subjects. In an educational context this allows us to see what is and isn’t working for individual students, to gauge their interest in a process or project at various points in time, and to identify problems or strengths that educators may not have known about prior to Voice Lab’s sessions.”

Core Polyglot artist Lachlan MacLeod wrote an article about Voice Lab for our January Education Newsletter. Read ‘The impact of Voice Lab in educational contexts’ here.

The Voice Lab prospectus outlines how Voice Lab works and why it’s a distinctive, impactful tool for consulting with children. You can download this here or contact us if you’d like a hard copy to share with your networks.

If you are interested in discussing ways to use Voice Lab in your organisation, school, consultation or program, please contact:

Viv Rosman, Executive Director        
E: viv@polyglot.org.au | T: 03 9826 3301