Polyglot’s March e-news

Marching into autumn

This week, Polyglot and Papermoon Puppet Theatre are excited to be taking Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) to China for the first time! The show will be presented by A.S.K (Art Space for Kids) at their Hangzhou and Beijing locations. We can’t wait to share this immersive boat journey with children and their families in China – stay tuned for an update about the tour in our next e-news!

Together with Rumbalara Football Netball Club, we are looking forward to presenting First On The Ladder: Shopfront at Shepparton Festival in regional Victoria later this month. Audiences of all ages can get a glimpse into the First On The Ladder project as a Shepparton shopfront is transformed into a beautifully curated exhibition of art, video and sound works. Stay to watch and listen to animations and music clips created by children of the club. First On The Ladder: Shopfront is free and suitable for all ages. For more information, click HERE. 

If you’d love to get more involved with Polyglot, 5678 Film Club is seeking volunteers for Terms 2 and 3! Volunteers will have the opportunity to support the professional artists and young people involved in the development and creation of original short films. Film-making knowledge is a plus, and an interest in engaging with children creatively is essential. For more information and to register your interest, click HERE.

We’re excitedly gearing up for the premiere outing of Manguri Wiltja at Revealed 2019 – the Aboriginal Art Market at Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia. Manguri Wiltja (previously known as In Your Hands) is a cross-artform collaboration between artists from the remote Aboriginal community of Warakurna, and innovative arts organisations Tjanpi Desert Weavers, FORM and Polyglot. Over a series of creative developments between 2016 and 2018 we have been working together to create a performative installation for children and families. Read more HERE.

Friday 8 March was International Women’s Day, with the 2019 theme being #BalanceForBetter. Polyglot is powered by strong and creative women, and to mark the day some of our team shared their reflections on what a gender-balanced world would look like to them. Read this HERE.

And next Wednesday is World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People! An ASSITEJ International campaign, World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is promoted and celebrated through the message ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’. Ahead of the celebration, we have shared messages from Sue Giles AM, Vice-President of ASSITEJ International and Polyglot’s Artistic Director, as well as ASSITEJ International President Yvette Hardie and two young members of House of Muchness, Joyee and Jojo. Read this HERE.

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People

Photograph of two audience members hugging each other after a performance of Polyglot show 'Cerita Anak (Child's Story)'. One audience member is facing the camera and smiling.

The World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People (20 March) is an ASSITEJ International campaign, celebrated through the message ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’.

Ahead of the 2019 celebration next week, we’re thrilled to share with you some words from Sue Giles AM, and excerpts of the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People messages from ASSITEJ International President Yvette Hardie, and Joyee and Jojo, two young people involved in the House of Muchness, Melbourne.

Sue Giles AM, Vice President – ASSITEJ International, Artistic Director  – Polyglot Theatre
“Take a Child to the Theatre
is one of the central campaigns of ASSITEJ International on World Theatre Day. It sums up the basic power imbalance that children experience: the fact that they do not take themselves to theatre, they must rely on adults to take them. This for me is the core of the struggle to gain value for children in society and children’s access to arts and culture around the world. Because children are reliant on the adults around them, their rights are held in care by those same adults. The child’s right to access arts and culture is deeply important and goes beyond play and leisure – it is about a child’s fundamental connection to expression, imagination, hope and resilience. It places the child’s contribution to the future firmly in their own hands with the understanding that they are more than capable of making a difference.”

Yvette Hardie, President – ASSITEJ International
“…let us all commit to taking a child or young person to the theatre today and to rallying the support necessary to ensure that every child has access to the arts and to theatre, regardless of their personal or social circumstances. And for those of us working in the profession, let us commit to providing quality experiences that will make the difference in how the younger generation perceives the world – for the sake of both today and tomorrow.”

Joyee, 8 years old, House of Muchness
“Everything is theatre. It’s hard to explain. I wouldn’t try to explain it to someone who didn’t understand, I would just take them, show them, and they could see for themselves… It makes you learn things. It can teach you about love. How it looks in different ways. And how different people who might not know if they can love each other, well, they can. If it’s a really powerful story, it can actually change us. Theatre is special and good and beautiful. And we have to have all the feelings – if a show makes us feel sad, then it can also make us feel hopeful – that a good thing can happen after. And most of the time it does.”

Jojo, 11 years old, House of Muchness
“If you don’t take kids to the theatre, then theatre will stop. Theatre shows lives and hearts and souls in actions. If I was taking a child to the theatre, a little child, I wouldn’t explain or tell them anything on the way. They would watch it and then they would explain it to me.”

For more information about World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People, visit the ASSITEJ International website.

Photograph of adult and children audience members, under a blue sheet, raising their hands and smiling and laughing, during a performance of Polyglot show 'Cerita Anak (Child's Story)'

To celebrate the 2019 World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People, we encourage all of our friends to take their favourite children to an arts experience. We’ve included some links below to shows, as well as Kids and Families programs in Melbourne, but you can also contact your local arts centre to find out about events near you.


Kids and Families Programs

International Women’s Day

Photograph of ten female Polyglot employees, standing in front of a Polyglot banner and smiling.

On International Women’s Day (Friday 8 March), the Polyglot Theatre team acknowledged all of the incredible female artists, production staff, supporters and collaborators – children and adults – who we are lucky to work with. Polyglot is powered by strong and creative women, and we are deeply committed to championing a gender-balanced arts sector in Australia. We invite our colleagues and peers to join us in 2019 to help create #BalanceForBetter.

Some Polyglot staff members reflected on what a gender-balanced world means to them. Read this HERE.

Polyglot’s Story Map

Screenshot of Polyglot's Story Map. It is a map of the world, with pale blue ocean, white countries, and red and pink spots indicating where stories are located.

Polyglot has travelled the world, bringing joy and creativity to children everywhere. In 2018 we turned 40, and to celebrate we created a Story Map! We’re asking YOU – our fabulous audience members, supporters and friends from around the globe – to share your favourite Polyglot stories. We’re building a collection of memories and photos as a way to remember our history while we forge ahead into our next 40 years.

“It’s 10 years since the devastating Black Saturday bushfires as I write this and I remember a very beautiful Polyglot project that happened in Healesville called Our Place – one of our disaster recovery projects.

Jessica Wilson, Maddy Flynn and Tim Humphreys were the core team of this beautiful process between parents and children over several weeks, which resulted in an exquisite interactive sound and visual installation. The stories that were told were from children as they sorted their feelings and responses to the fires, told in intimate ways so you had to lean in to listen. They were deeply moving and very human: funny, personal and idiosyncratic.

It makes you realise the power of art to create a bridge of understanding between those who have had a huge experience and those watching. Polyglot has gone on to do more disaster recovery projects, including with the community in Minami Sanriku, Japan.” Sue Giles AM.

Do you have a treasured memory of a Polyglot experience? We’d love to hear from you! Add it to the Story Map HERE.