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.


March 10 - March 19 2023

Come Back Home at March On 2023 (Singapore)

A tale that winds through the past and the present to seek out a child who went missing a long time ago.

A Come Back Home photo. A child in colourful overalls is suspended sideways against white walls. A long piece of colourful bunting is cascading onto them. They are smiling at the camera. Photographer: Sarah Walker

Presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
World premiere season

A call from above: come back home!

The cats know. The crow knows. The Karung Guni knows…

There’s someone missing.

Through stories and play, soon everyone will know who is hiding, who is lost and who is found.

Come Back Home is a tale that winds through the past and the present to seek out a child who went missing a long time ago. Immersive and theatrical, it draws on the experience of children and adult memories of being a child, to celebrate possibility, place and imagination.

Audiences will be invited to participate in the action as the story unfolds, taking their place in the activity of a vibrant community. When booking, families can choose to be in the seated auditorium (Observer) or on stage (Participant) amidst the adventure.

Come Back Home by Polyglot Theatre is an Esplanade Commission, co-produced by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore) in collaboration with artists in both countries.

Venue

  • Singtel Waterfront Theatre
    Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
    1 Esplanade Drive

    Singapore 038981

Dates and session times

  • Friday 10 March: 4.30pm, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 11 March: 11.00am, 4.30pm, 7.30pm
  • Sunday 12 March: 10.30am, 2.00pm, 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 March: 10.30am, 2.00pm
  • Thursday 16 March: 10.30am, 2.00pm
  • Friday 17 March: 11.00am, 4.30pm
  • Saturday 18 March: 11.00am, 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19 March: 11.00am, 2.00pm

Advisory: Please select ticket category correctly when purchasing. No exchange or refund will be allowed once tickets are booked. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required for each attendee, including infants in arm. Families can book to experience Come Back Home in two ways:

Participants (On stage): Ticket holders participate actively in bringing the story to life, moving around the space, and joining the story as guided by performers. Recommended for children 4 years and up. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult participant.

Observers (Seated): Ticket holders participate in key moments to bring the story to life from their seats. Recommended for caregivers with infants and audiences who prefer to enjoy the experience as a piece of theatre.

Recommended Age:

  • 5 – 12 years old (Participant ticket)
  • All ages (Observer ticket)

Admission Age:

  • 5 and above (Participant ticket)
  • All ages (Observer ticket)
Language: English
  • More information coming soon!
  • Director: Sue Giles
  • Designer: Katrina Gaskell
  • Sound Designer/Composer: Glen Walton and Natalie Tse
  • Lighting Designer: Emanorwatty Saleh
  • Assistant Director: Sylvie Meltzer
  • Performers: Grace Kalai, Rizman Putra, Briony Farrell
  • Stage Manager: Kaite Head
  • Producer: Julie Wright (Polyglot Theatre), Rachel Lim (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)

March On is Esplanade’s annual children’s festival that explores relevant issues for the young through multi-disciplinary programmes and participatory arts experiences.

Read more HERE.

Come Back Home by Polyglot Theatre is an Esplanade Commission, co-produced by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore) in collaboration with artists in both countries.

Come Back Home was developed through a collaborative process of creation at a distance. Beginning in 2021, artists from Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Polyglot Theatre worked together to make a new, participatory experience for and with children.

In this creative experiment, the artists collaborated via remote digital connection and play: sharing skills, stimulating ideas and becoming a creative team. Collaboration with children took place in each country throughout the process.

Polyglot Theatre’s involvement in Come Back Home is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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