May 04 - May 06 2023
Pram People at Abbotsford Convent
A moment in time for children who ride in prams, and the adults who push them.
Presented by Convent Kids
Please note: The Saturday 6 May performances (10am and 1pm) will take place INDOORS due to the wet weather. If you’ve booked or you’re in the area, come along – you’ll be warm and dry!
A celebration of community, Pram People rolls out the red carpet for every pram, big or small.
Pram users will assemble en masse, following curious and wonderful prompts through headphones, secret messages and even other participants. Performers will delight and intrigue, adding to the fun as families weave amongst and around each other.
As part of the Convent Kids program, Pram People offers a playful and welcoming approach to community participation through joyful movement and connection, using the most universal of vehicles – the pram. Hilarious, serious and surprisingly moving, this immersive, colourful spectacle will activate the Sacred Heart courtyard, and reclaim the pram as an asset to public space and society as a whole.
“We felt happy, touched, emotional. I felt seen as a new parent, felt understood and i felt like my experience as parent is validated. We had fun!” Parent
Session Times & Ticketing
Thursday 4 May dress rehearsal (FREE)
- Book into the FREE dress rehearsal here: events.humanitix.com/preview-pram-people-by-polyglot-theatre-presented-by-abbotsford-convent
Friday 5 May
Saturday 6 May
- The Friday and Saturday Pram People sessions are $6 per pram + booking fee. This includes 1 adult, the pram they push or the wheelchair they use, and the child who rides in the pram or on their lap.
- If finance is a barrier for your family, please contact the Abbotsford Convent Programming team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Other family members and friends are welcome to attend for free as observers, and watch the colourful spectacle unfold. Observers do not need to book a ticket.
- Book now: events.humanitix.com/tours/pram-people-by-polyglot-theatre-presented-by-abbotsford-convent
- Pram People will take place in the Sacred Heart courtyard. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats, water bottles, umbrellas/raincoats, etc.
- In the case of wet weather, Pram People will move indoors.
- There are toilets in the main Convent Building, as well as a wheelchair accessible toilet with a button-activated automated door.
- There are all-gender and accessible toilets in the Sacred Heart building.
- There is a wheelchair accessible ATM in the main Convent building; however it is not accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
- The ACF is a partner to the national RECHARGE scheme. Accessible power points are available for people to recharge the battery in their motorised wheelchairs, scooters or bikes. The power points are located externally, on the western side of the Providence building.
- A water fountain (for re-filling bottles) is available near the cacti signpost, between the main entrance and the Sacred Heart courtyard.
- A break-out room will be available for families who need to change a nappy, feed a baby, or take a break from sensory stimulation.
- Adult participants (those who book in) will be given headphones to wear during the experience.
- Pram People will take place outdoors in daylight. There will be no bright or flashing lights, although there will be amplified sound for observers.
- We welcome anyone interested to attend as observers, and watch the colourful spectacle unfold. Please note that limited seating will be available.
- A visual story (PDF) is available to view and 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.
- Prams are an important part of the Pram People. All sizes and types are welcome!
- Pram People is wheelchair accessible however, due to the age of the precinct, some surfaces are slightly rough. Adult wheelchair users can participate with their child on their lap, and families with children in wheelchairs are welcome to participate if they feel it is appropriate. The soundscape focuses on the experience of parents/carers and babies and toddlers and prams specifically, so it may not appeal to families with children older than 4 years in wheelchairs.
- Pram People celebrates the people who use prams. Participants can step out of the 60-minute experience at any time to take a break, feed their children or change a nappy. A break-out room is available for use.
- Baby change facilities are available in the accessible unisex toilet on the ground floor of the Convent Annexe.
- Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, however we do ask that there is no eating (where possible) in the Pram People performance space.
- The nearest places to buy food and drinks are the Convent Bakery, Cam’s Kiosk, and Kappaya.
- You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks for a picnic in the Convent Gardens before or after Pram People.
- To view or download the visual story, click HERE.
All day parking is available in the car park directly across from the Abbotsford Convent Precinct on St Heliers Street. The machines accept credit cards, notes and gold coins. Funds from the car park go towards the restoration and daily operation of the Convent, and also support the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Parking weekday rates
- 30 mins = free
- 90 mins= $5
- $2 per hour thereafter
- 6 – 10 hours = $14
- $2 per hour after 10 hours
Parking weekend rates
- 30 mins = $3
- $2 per hour thereafter
- 5 ½ – 10 hours = $14
- $2 per hour after 10 hours
Max daily rate (until 2am) = $28
Additional overnight fee (after 2am) = $25
Lost ticket = $28
The following accessible parking spaces are available for use by holders of a Disabled Persons permit:
- Two two-hour accessible on-street parking spaces are located on St Heliers Street, beside Gate One.
- Six accessible parking places are located at the front of the car park on the northern side of St Heliers Street.
- Train: the Mernda and Hurstbridge train lines stop at Victoria Park Station. The train station is approximately 1km from the Precinct entrance.
- Bus: the 200, 202 and 207 bus routes stop at Clarke St/Johnston St. It is approximately 300m from the Precinct entrance.
- The Capital City cycling and walking path passes the Precinct. The St Heliers Street turn-off is opposite the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
- Bicycle racks are located throughout the Convent and also adjacent to the car park.
Convent Kids is an exciting program developed by Abbotsford Convent for children and families to explore and create art together. Developed in collaboration with leading artists, Convent Kids offers a range of fun hands-on activities that will inspire children and their families to experiment, learn and make art together.
For more information, visit abbotsfordconvent.com.au/about/key-programs/convent-kids
This season is supported by the City of Yarra.
Polyglot’s development of Pram People was supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, and the City of Melbourne through the Arts and Creative Investment Partnerships fund and ArtPlay.
Convent Kids received grant funding from the Australian Government.