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 21 - March 24 2024

Paper Planet at Tempe Center for the Arts (USA)

Let your imagination come to life in this world of paper!

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

In this interactive experience, children’s imaginations run wild as families come together to fill the space with fantastic paper creations. Children and their grown-ups are invited into a large-scale forest of 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 through this paper nature play 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. It is a universally accessible experience that families will find inspiring and utterly captivating.

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


  • Studio, Tempe Center for the Arts
    700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
    Tempe, Arizona,85281


  • Thursday 21 March – Sunday 24 March 2024

Session Times

  • 9:30-10:30am, 11:30-12:30pm, 2:00-3:00pm


  • $15.00 USD (Regular), $10.00 USD Experience Circle Members, FREE – Children 2 and Under
  • Tickets can be booked here.

General Access

  • General Access information for Tempe Center for the Arts is available here
  • For any access queries, Tempe Center for the Arts, please contact Lucas Cullum, Audience Experience Coordinator at or 480.350.2883.

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 incorporates gentle theatrical lighting and 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.

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.

Getting There

  • Driving directions, ride-sharing and local public transit information is available here


  • Parking information at Tempe Center for the Arts is available here.
  • The parking garage is located north of Rio Salado Parkway at Hardy Drive. A parking map is available here.
  • Garage parking will be validated for this event. Bring your garage parking ticket with you and an Experience Team member will validate it for you.
  • Please note: garage parking tickets and validations are not replaceable and should be treated like cash.
  • Accessible Parking is located in the Parking Garage.

Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) opened in 2007 and is a crown jewel of a city known for its support of the performing and visual arts.

Located on the edge of Tempe Town Lake, the striking venue houses a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theater, Sculpture Garden, 200-seat studio theater, 200-seat multi-purpose Lakeside room, 3,500 square-foot art gallery, as well as an outdoor amphitheater with capacity of 1500. TCA is committed to fostering creativity and providing diverse, enriching cultural experiences for the community.

Watch the trailer


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