Polyglot’s First Play Space in China

Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre will present Polyglot Theatre’s work Paper Planet this month as part of its program of international theatre for children. This is the first time the company’s world-renowned Play Space works have been presented in China. Paper Planet will be presented on 24, 25 and 26 February.

Founded by Madam Soong Ching-Ling, Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre (SHCAT) is part of the China Welfare Institute. The theatre was officially opened in 2013, and presents international theatre for children and families each year in its extensive annual program.

Polyglot is one of several Australian organisations presenting work at SHCAT in 2017. With the demand for non-traditional theatre growing steadily in China, Polyglot’s Artistic Director Sue Giles hopes this presentation of Paper Planet will be the first of many tours in the region.

“Chinese audiences are seeking sophisticated and unique arts experiences, particularly for children and families, which is illustrated by incredible venues such as SHCAT who program so strongly for young audiences. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet the children and families of Shanghai at Paper Planet.” Sue Giles, Artistic Director – Polyglot Theatre.

Paper Planet is now in its seventh year, having been first commissioned by Federation Square in 2011. The work invites the audience to enter the space as participants, to build the paper world of their dreams. Over several days, the installation space grows as Polyglot performers interact with the space and the audience; each group adding their own layer of magnificent paper creatures.    

Paper Planet presented by Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, Friday 24 – Sunday 26 February. Read more on the SHCAT website.


Polyglot’s tour to Shanghai is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.