Saturday 20 June 2020
“Polyglot is going above and beyond to help its artists, and the feeling of community, support and being a part of a company that really cares for its staff is so amazing.” – Ashlee Hughes, Polyglot artist
In the past few months, we’ve all faced unprecedented challenges to our lives and communities. Polyglot is responding to two simultaneous crises: COVID-19 and the news of our federal funding being cut. As part of our network of supporters, we invite you to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead by making a tax-deductible donation to our 2020 appeal, or by sharing what you love about Polyglot with your family and friends. Your friendship and advocacy are greatly appreciated as we look with optimism towards a future where all children have access to the arts.
We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you: Boats will be presented by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of its re-opening program! From Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July, performances will take place on the Forecourt – read more here. Polyglot’s child-led practice empowers our young audiences to take charge of their own experiences, and with only minor adjustments to the engagement and the careful facilitation of artists and crew, we have ensured that this is possible safely and with physical distancing in place. Our work is crafted to be nimble and ever-changing, so we see these current challenges as a great catalyst for innovation. We are delighted to be at the forefront of live performance returning in Australia, and look forward to many more opportunities to bring our transformative and safe performance experiences to children everywhere.
UPDATE 21 June – Disappointing news sailors: in response to the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 updates yesterday, Arts Centre Melbourne’s re-opening has been postponed, including our performances of Boats. Hang in there friends – we hope to set sail with you very soon!
Polyglot is very lucky to have a wide and warm adult community that circles our organisation – you included! To enrich and deepen this connection, we have developed Polyglot Spot, a weekly column specifically for adults who are interested in what we do. Our staff, artists and board members are sharing their thoughts and reflections about the company, and how we’re working together during the pandemic. With challenge comes opportunity, and we hope Polyglot Spot offers a new way to keep our circle close and share some Polyglot magic. Read more here.
We’re so happy that Polyglot at home continues to delight children and their families. Over the past 12 weeks we’ve shared videos created through our Kids Collaborations projects, as well as commissioned videos from our ingenious artists showing how you can bring our special child-led fun right into your home. We’re very excited to premiere a new Polyglot at home video this week, created by our artist Nick Barlow. Watch Under The Sea here and check out the continuing Polyglot at home fun here.
The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating impact on the arts industry, directly impacting Polyglot through extensive project cancellations both locally and internationally. In a time of great uncertainty, our need to adapt to these new conditions is clear. Alongside this, Polyglot was one of 49 currently-funded organisations which did not secure funding through the Australia Council’s Four Year Funding program for 2021-2024. We face these blows from a position of strong organisational health and we have some time to plan for our new funding circumstances, but the situation is serious.
Through all this radical disruption Polyglot’s mandate is unchanged: to make innovative and daring theatre which provides children worldwide the opportunity for imagination and adventure through participation. Now more than ever before, our work champions every child’s right to play.
We believe this is the perfect moment to turn to our network of supporters to help us rise to this challenging period in our company’s history and safeguard our future.
If you share our vision, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Polyglot’s 2020 fundraising appeal. The incredible generosity of our donors – through gifts both large and small – has carried Polyglot so far already, and with your support, we’ll forge a new path together. Every donation makes a difference.
If giving right now isn’t possible for you, please consider sharing what Polyglot means to you with your own network. Your advocacy and friendship during this time are powerful demonstrations that our work is meaningful and essential. You might forward our e-newsletters, share our social media posts or add your personal Polyglot story to our Story Map. Support and engagement of all kinds are so valuable, particularly at the moment, so we thank you for your continued interest in our organisation.
Polyglot is very lucky to have a wide and warm adult community that circles our organisation. Artists, industry peers, donors, parents and carers… we count every one of you amongst our friends and supporters. We want to continue to connect with you all in our curious, creative way during this strange period in history.
So in the spirit of camaraderie we bring to you Polyglot Spot. A special Spot specifically for the adults who are interested in what we do. Our staff, artists and board members are sharing their thoughts and reflections about the company, and how we’re working together during the pandemic. With challenge comes opportunity, and we hope Polyglot Spot offers a new way to keep our circle close and share some Polyglot magic.
Using simple materials, transform yourself into a sea creature and your home into a watery ocean wonderland. Scout for starfish and ride the waves in a washing basket. Create and play with Polyglot artist Nick Barlow.
PS: the Polyglot team would love to see your Under The Sea creations too – post photos or videos on your social media channels and tag #PolyglotTheatre and #polyglotathome to share the fun.