PIPS

The child as leader is central to Polyglot’s philosophy and underpins all of our work.

PIPS illustration by Nick Barlow

Polyglot Inspiring People Society (PIPS) is a group of young people who contribute to the testing of ideas in the creation of new work, and to the company’s continuing education of how young people think and collaborate. PIPS are invited to participate in, and give feedback on, works in development and shows already in programming circulation. They offer their opinions and their creativity, energy and joy.

The philosophy of PIPS extends to Polyglot’s consultation and testing of new work in schools. Each year Polyglot is fortunate to forge new relationships with young people in schools in the early stages of creative development. In line with Polyglot’s child-led approach to making work, these collaborations are an invaluable part of the process.

PIPS is an opportunity for Polyglot to expand on its rare and valuable connection with children and to foster a community of astute and deep-thinking young people. It is an opportunity for fun, enrichment, connection and true collaboration. Making an ongoing commitment to PIPS not only continues to nourish the future of Polyglot, it also has the potential for children to contribute to a wider theatrical culture of respect and equality, with the development of new leaders and creative thinkers.

  • It’s really good that Polyglot has a society where young people get to say what they think. Sometimes we feel that adults think that they know what young people want to see in shows which we think is sometimes untrue… PIPS is all about letting your mind be free and to be creative. Through all my experiences at PIPS, I find that I use a different part of my brain which I don’t use much while being at school. The part which lets my mind to be free and do what it wants to do.

    Louka and Min, PIPS Alumni

Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.