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.

18 May 2023 E-News

Polyglot’s May e-news

A Pram People production photo. Adults wearing headphones decorated with brightly coloured ribbons dance with their baby next to their pram, which is decorated similarly. Other families with prams and headphones are visible in the background. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

Harnessing momentum

2022 was an ambitious year of renewed activity, re-connection and purposeful change for Polyglot. We’re thrilled to share our 2022 Annual Report, which charts the adventures, stories and achievements of a truly bumper year.

We know that greater access, equity and diversity brings strength and success to our company and the wider Theatre for Young Audiences sector. As well as ensuring that all families, particularly those with children with disability, feel welcome and supported to experience our work, we have been building pathways into our organisation and practice for artists and arts workers.

In 2022, our Generator artists participated in creative exchanges with Western Edge and Rawcus. Following these, several artists have joined the Generator, bringing their valuable creative expertise and lived experience to Polyglot’s practice. The exchanges will continue in 2023.

“Connections were forged, conversations started, the future of our industry was dreamt upon. We need more days like this; where artists can be themselves safely and expand their artistic network through play and possibility.” Emily Tomlins, Associate Director, on the Western Edge exchange

Reflecting the diverse communities we work with

Polyglot is currently seeking additional Board Directors to support the company to achieve its strategic vision for the years ahead. We are actively placing diversity as a priority for this board recruitment process, and particularly encourage applications from First Nations people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people who identify as LGBTIQ+.

We are also specifically seeking candidates who are artists with experience with theatre for young people; those with legal expertise and people with expertise in children’s medical or educational research. People with contemporary insight into the worldview and context of young children, either through professional or personal experience will be highly regarded. Applications are due 5pm, Monday 29 May.

Polyglot’s next evolution: Playmakers

“Thank you. More please.” Parent, post-show survey, 2022

Polyglot Theatre is forging our next creative evolution. Harnessing the momentum of a tremendously productive 2022, a full-swing return to performing and touring, and with Cat Sewell as our Artistic Director, big plans are in motion.

In 2023 already, we have reached 11,324 people in Australia, Singapore, Norway, Hungary and the US. Our work and reach is only possible through a combination of funding and individual donations. This is where our annual mid-year appeal comes in. Money raised supports Polyglot to create our innovative, daring theatre and share it with children everywhere, providing them the opportunity for imagination and adventure through participation.

Individual donations of all sizes are vital for Polyglot’s next evolution. In 2023, please join us as an inaugural Playmaker donor with a gift between $2-$249 ($25! $50! $100!). All donors who give up to $250 in 2023, including those who have donated up to $250 previously, will become Playmakers. Donors who give $250 or more will join us as valued members of Polyglot’s Circle.