Polyglot’s August-September e-news

From regional Victoria to Singapore and the USA

In early August, Polyglot’s Paper Planet workshop was presented at Belvoir Special Development School in Wodonga. This workshop is ideal for students with special needs as it tailors creative participation to the needs and abilities of individuals, ensuring an inclusive experience for all, and Belvoir’s students had a blast creating costumes, creatures and stories.

The Border Mail ran a story on the project, interviewing Belvoir’s performing arts teacher Jane Sartori: “[Paper Planet] stimulates the imagination and takes students on an adventure where they are creating and exploring not only on their own but also with other students… It is so inclusive and accessible to everyone in our school and everyone can create no matter what level they are. It’s an experience – this is an international touring show that most of us wouldn’t be able to access due to living in the country.” The Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Strategic Partnerships Program is currently supporting Polyglot to deliver Paper Planet workshops in metropolitan and regional specialist schools.

From 17-23 August, schools, libraries and bookshops across Australia celebrated Book Week. The 2019 theme was Reading Is My Secret Power, and the Polyglot team joined the fun by reflecting on the books that made us feel powerful when we were children. Read our responses here.

Cat City is returning to Melbourne Zoo this Grand Final weekend! From 27-29 September, the Leopard Lodge will be transformed into a play zone full of cardboard boxes, where you make your own cat character, and build and explore the world around you. Cat City was created by Polyglot to promote the Zoos Victoria Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife community conservation campaign, and admission is free with Zoo entry. Find out more here.

And in the second week of the upcoming school holidays, come and help our Ants with their crumbs at Healesville Sanctuary! Presented as part of the Healesville Sanctuary Bushland Explorers program, you’ll find the Ants at the Australian Wildlife Heath Centre Lawns from 1-6 October. Check out session times here. 

This October, Polyglot is heading off on two significant international tours to Singapore and the USA. Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) will be presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for its annual Octoburst! Festival, and Boats will be presented at La Jolla Playhouse for the biennial Without Walls (WOW) Festival. Polyglot is looking forward to connecting with children and their families in both cities, and is excited to be returning to these two renowned international festivals that champion participatory theatre. Read more here.

5678 Film Club, our three-year filmmaking project, is in its final burst of activity before the project draws to a close later this year. While we’ve had to keep most of the project’s incredible short films under wraps in order to enter them in film festivals, now that they’ve hit the two-year mark, we can publish them on Polyglot’s YouTube channel. We hope that you enjoy watching one of the biggest and most ambitious films ever created during 5678 – THE BOX. It’s epic! Find out more here.

Book Week

From 17-23 August, schools, libraries and bookshops across Australia celebrated Book Week. 74 years old in 2019, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA Book Week theme this year was Reading Is My Secret Power. Polyglot’s team joined the fun by sharing the books that made us feel powerful when we were children. Read our responses here.

Photo by Max Goncharov on Unsplash

Singapore and USA

Polyglot Theatre is delighted to announce two significant international tours in October. The company’s acclaimed immersive theatre work Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), co-created with Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre, will be presented at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore from 4-6 October, as part of the annual Octoburst! Festival. Polyglot’s play space work Boats will be presented by La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, USA from 17-20 October, as part of the biennial Without Walls (WOW) Festival. Read more here.

5678 Film Club

2019 marks the final year of our three-year Kids’ Collaboration project 5678 Film Club. Supporting young people making the transition between primary and secondary school in Collingwood, Melbourne, it has run as a weekly after-school film club where Polyglot Theatre and professional filmmakers undertake creative workshops with participants from Grades 5 – 8. The young people are co-creators of the film-making process, giving them a platform to tell their own stories in their own way, and make exciting, innovative and challenging films with children’s ideas and messages at their heart. The key to this project lies in its long-term focus which has played out across three years – as kids move through Years 5, 6, 7 and 8.

5678 Film Club is still in the midst of shooting its final major work, so to celebrate the project’s achievements to date, we are thrilled to share with you one of the biggest and most ambitious films created – THE BOX. All the 5678 Film Club participants and artists in Term 2 of 2017 worked collaboratively to bring it to life – we hope that you enjoy it!

Check out more of the films created by 5678 Film Club on the Polyglot YouTube channel.