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.



Visibility and reality are blurred in this enchanting forest of sound.

A Bellbird production photo. A child in a pink dress, with a large white blindfold over their eyes, stands amongst suspended blue and green ribbons with bells tied to the ends. The child's hands are clasped and they are smiling.

Create your own tinkling soundtrack as you wander blindfolded among hundreds of streaming ribbons with attached brass bells. Children and their families are guided through the space, experiencing sensations of vastness and delicious apprehension. Your senses shift as you roam through this installation, and a whole new understanding of the world is revealed through sound and touch.

At the very centre, blindfolds are taken off to uncover the space in a different way. Come in and delight in an unexpected dreamscape as you play this curious instrument.

“It made me happy. I felt relaxed. My senses got stronger and happier.” Child

  • Bellbird is a highly sensory, contemplative experience.
  • Audience members will be given blindfolds to wear.
  • Conceived, directed and designed: Sue Giles
  • Sound design: Lachlan MacLeod
  • Original cast: Lachlan MacLeod, Jodee Mundy, Aseel Tayah

Bellbird was originally commissioned by Melbourne Recital Centre, and premiered in 2013 at the Music Play Family Festival.


  • Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC, Australia


  • Melbourne Fringe, ArtPlay, VIC, Australia


  • Premiere: Music Play Family Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC, Australia

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  • My little girl is vision impaired. I found this so wonderful. Knowing how beautiful the world can be through sound makes me happy.


  • Surprising encounters, ring of bells, touch of feet to feet, giggles. Open bright space with yellow ribbon, white ribbons, white light, radiating lines. Being lead into the unknown.



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