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.

September 23 - October 07 2023

Paper Planet at Sydney Opera House

Paper Planet is a universally accessible experience that families find utterly captivating.

A Paper Planet production photo. A Polyglot performer and a child sit in a forest of tall brown cardboard trees, adorned with paper plants and creatures. They look around with paper binoculars. Other performers, children and families are visible amongst the trees, creating and playing. Photographer: Sarah Walker

Children and families are invited into a forest of tall cardboard trees and after exploring the space, they add to this strange and delicate planet 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. Children choose how they interact with the performers and with other children; some children find themselves absorbed in quiet making, and others prefer to play and explore.

Paper Planet is child-led, deeply involving and highly sensory, and sure to delight the whole family.

“This has been an incredible journey.” Child, age 8



  • 23-24 Sep
  • 26 Sep – 1 Oct
  • 3-7 Oct

Session Times

  • 9.30am
  • 11am
  • 1.30pm
  • 3pm

General Access

  • Paper Planet will take place indoors, in The Studio at Sydney Opera House. The Studio is wheelchair accessible.
  • There are two accessible toilets in the Western Theatre Foyer: one located adjacent to the Playhouse and one between The Studio and the Drama Theatre. These are open all day till theatres close.
  • There is one Gender Neutral toilet in the Western Theatre Foyer, near The Studio.
  • All accredited assistance animals are welcome at Sydney Opera House.
  • Our goal at the Sydney Opera House is to provide barrier-free access, making the site, building and the experiences they offer accessible to all people. For general information on Accessibility, please contact the Sydney Opera House Access Team via email

Paper Planet

  • 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 your booked session.
  • Paper Planet does not use bright or flashing lights although it does incorporate a soundscape through speakers embedded in the set.
  • A visual story to help your family prepare for the experience is available to view/download here.
  • Polyglot Theatre staff are trained in disability and cultural awareness. If you have any questions about Paper Planet, please contact us on 03 9826 3301 or

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.

Family Access

  • Baby change table and nappy bins are available in the Accessible public toilets in the Western Theatre Foyer.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, however we do ask that there is no eating in the Paper Planet performance space.
  • Pram parking is available outside The Studio.
  • A visual story to help your family prepare for the experience is available to view/download here.
  • Refreshments can be purchased from the theatre bar in the Western Foyer, which will open 30 mins before session times. For more information, visit
  • Bennelong Lawn, which is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, is the closest green space for picnicking.

Getting There

 Public Transport

  • The nearest station is Circular Quay, which services trains, buses, ferries and the light rail. It is approximately 750m from Sydney Opera House.
  • Facilities include: kiss and ride stopping area, taxi rank, bike racks, toilets, wheelchair accessible toilet, baby change table, emergency help point, payphone, departure indicator screen, Opal card top up or single trip ticket machine (Cash or Card Payment), Opal card top up machine (Card Payment only).
  • The train station is Independent Access, and has wheelchair ramp boarding assistance, PA system for announcements, platform edge tactiles, stairs, lift and escalator.


  • Wilson Parking owns and operates the public Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is located at 2 Macquarie Street (Northern end). The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.
  • Wilson Parking’s Sydney Opera House Car Park has 1,200 parking bays and has conveniently located pay machines on every level of the car park. The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.
  • Entry height is 2.2 metres. There are 11 accessible parking spaces on Level 1, and 12 accessible spaces on Level 6 of the car park for RTA Mobility Parking Permit holders. Car spaces on Level 6 also have direct wheelchair access to lifts.
  • Wilson Parking offers prepaid discounted parking via their online booking system, Book A Bay. Wilson Parking are a Sponsor of Sydney Opera House.
  • For any parking enquiries please email or call 1800 727 546.

Taxis and Picking Up/Dropping Off Passengers

  • The safest place to pick up and drop off passengers is the designated taxi rank on Macquarie Street, past the Wilson’s Carpark entrance.

The Opera House is a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of ‘human creative genius’ that belongs to all Australians. It is the Country’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre, welcoming more than 10.9 million visitors a year on site and hosting more than 1,800 performances attended by more than 1.4 million people.

Our Mission:

  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors; and
  • To inspire, and strengthen the community, in everything we do.

Watch the trailer


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