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.

January 24 - January 29 2023

Paper Planet at Glen Eira Gallery

Paper Planet is a universally accessible experience that will delight the whole family these school holidays.

A Paper Planet production photo. A Polyglot artist in a black t-shirt is engaging with two children, his back to the camera. They look at him interestedly, and an adult with a pram stands in the background, watching. They are surrounded by tall cardboard trees adorned with blue tissue paper plants and vines.

Children and families are invited to create a beautiful world inside a forest of tall cardboard trees, using only paper, tape and their imaginations. Theatre and play merge in this magical place, as creatures, plants, costumes, characters, stories and adventures spring to life. Paper Planet grows as more families visit, and every session is truly unique as imaginations go wild.

Paper Planet is designed for children aged two to 12 and their families.

“It was amazing. We felt inspired and safe.” Parent

Please note that there are NO performances on Thursday 26 January.

24-25 and 27-29 January

One-hour sessions run each day.

  • Tuesday 24 January: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm
  • Wednesday 25 January: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm
  • Friday 27 January: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm
  • Saturday 28 January: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm
  • Sunday 29 January: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm

Free, bookings recommended with limited walk-ins. 


  • Paper Planet will take place indoors at Glen Eira City Council Gallery.
  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the space.
  • Paper Planet is a universally accessible experience, there is no English language barrier, and it can be entirely non-verbal.
  • You can come and go from Paper Planet at any time during the sessions. Some families might like to stay for 10 mins, others an hour.
  • Paper Planet does not use bright or flashing lights although it does incorporate a soundscape through speakers embedded in the set.
  • Glen Eira City Council Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Town Hall and is wheelchair accessible. There is access to the bathrooms and entrances during Gallery opening hours. There are unisex bathrooms on the ground floor of the Town Hall.
  • Click HERE to view and download the visual story
  • For further information regarding access, please contact the Council’s Service Centre 9524 3333.

How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.

The following COVID-safety measures are in place to ensure that everyone can have fun safely.

  • All visitors to the Gallery must comply with Government COVID-19 directions.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended indoors when visitors can’t physically distance, and general COVID-19 safe practices apply to everyone: hand hygiene and social distancing (1.5m) should be maintained.

For details please CLICK HERE

  • The unisex baby change facilities are available on the ground floor and first floor of the Town Hall next to the Auditorium.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, however we do ask that there is no eating (where possible) in Paper Planet.
  •  The nearest place where families can purchase food and drink is at cafes close to the Gallery on Hawthorn Road, Caulfield.
  • Families are welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking at Caulfield Park before or after Paper Planet. Caulfield Park is a 10-minute drive from the Gallery.

Public Transport & Walking

By Train to Malvern Street Station Stop ID  19944, Zone 1

Tram route 64, bus route 605 towards Gardenvale.

  • The easiest way to travel to Glen Eira City Council Gallery via public transport is by train and tram.
  • From Malvern station, you can walk about 400 metres to tram stop 53 Malvern Railway Station/Glenferrie Rd and take tram 16 towards Melbourne University/Swanston Street.
  • Change trams at stop 50. From here, take the 64 tram towards East Brighton /Hawthorn Rd, alight at stop 54 Glen Eira Rd/Hawthorn Rd
  • Walk 41metres along Glen Eira road to arrive at Glen Eira City Council Gallery.

By Bus Stop ID 20671, Zone 1.

  • Walk 1206m from Malvern Station to Alma Rd/Kooyong Rd Stop ID 20671, Zone 1.
  • From there, take the 605 bus towards Gardenvale and alight at Glen Eira Rd/Kooyong Rd,
  • Stop ID 20743, Zone 1.
  • Walk 570m to Glen Eira City Council Gallery along Kooyong Road and Glen Eira Road.

Malvern Station possesses the following accessibility features:

  • Lighting
  • Tactile Ground Surface Indicator
  • Accessible Toilet

As well as these other facilities:

  • Pay phone
  • Sheltered waiting area
  • Passenger Information Display
  • Toilet
  • CCTV


  • Accessible outdoor public parking is available 24 hours at 260 Kooyong Rd, Caulfield

Since opening in 1975, Glen Eira City Council Gallery has established a leading profile within the public gallery sector in Melbourne. Located on the ground floor of the historic Glen Eira Town Hall, access to the Gallery is gained through the portico on Glen Eira Road, Caulfield.

The Gallery plays an important role in contributing to a rich cultural life for Glen Eira residents and the wider community. Our Gallery program features curated survey and thematic exhibitions, including the works of established and emerging contemporary Australian artists and a series of dynamic public programs for children and adults.

In addition to this, we also manage the prestigious A.M.E Bale Art Award.


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