PREMIERE Boats @ Federation Square, Melbourne

Polyglot Theatre premieres a brand new outdoor performance work, Boats – a playful and interactive activity that encourages children to sail the cobbled seas of Federation Square, 7-12 July 2015.

Large and colourful vessels sit idle at a central mooring place within the Square until children brimming with imagination and energy board and set off on an adventure across urban seascapes.  Once aboard, the lightweight boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with children taking charge, working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the ‘high seas’.

Influenced by the children and communities of Javanese fishing villages, Boats explores their ideas behind migration and adventure.

Boats is part roving, part play space for kids of all ages. We have been collaborating with Papermoon Theatre to explore the rich culture and contrast of Indonesian communities, as well as working with kids in Melbourne’s west to interpret their experiences of migration and sea-faring. It has been a revealing project that is fun, adventurous, and topical – children see and hear everything. It’s been great to explore what they know”, says Sue Giles, Polyglot’s Artistic Director.

Whilst sailing activity is aplenty in the Square, inside the Atrium people of all ages can make paper boats and add them to the growing flotilla. The boats in the flotilla can either be taken home by their creators, or tied up at the islands in the atrium as a growing installation.

Alongside this premiere, Polyglot Theatre is developing a new interactive theatre work for children under five set to similar theme, called Cerita Anak: Child’s Story. This work is set to premiere in 2016.

Boats has been developed with children from Dinjerra Primary School, Braybrook and Lasem in Java, Indonesia. Thanks to our collaboration and friendship with Papermoon Theatre.
is commissioned by Federation Square, and supported by Lucas Dental Care.

Development of Cerita Anak: Child’s Story is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This project is also supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab Program, and the Playking Foundation Asian Performing Arts Grant.


When: Tuesday 7 July – Sunday 12 July
Where: The Atrium and The Square, Federation Square
Time: 10am – 12pm | 2pm – 4pm
Price:   FREE

For further information: Catherine French | Polyglot Theatre | | +61 3 9826 3301