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.


Light Pickers

Babies and their adults are gently invited to enter a dark space, where abstract, organic shapes, flexible and easy to handle, are made of light.

A Light Pickers production photo. A small child is surrounded by abstract glowing objects, which they are interacting with interestedly.

The young participants touch, move and interact with the objects, transforming the dark space into ever-changing, glowing scenery. With the children’s currents of creativity, the ebb and flow of the light picture shifts and changes throughout the session. Their exploration and play with the evolving tide of light and sound inspires fascination, wonder and fun.

Light Pickers sees the very young making choices that transform the space, giving meaning to an abstract scene. We see them navigate their way through the darkness as they play and connect with the light – a metaphor for hope and the power of creative minds.

“It’s nice to have an experience where there wasn’t the expectation for me and my kid to sit still and listen.” Parent

  • Light Pickers takes place in an indoor, darkened space.
  • Babies, children and families choose how they engage with the artists and the space, moving around as they like.
  • Conceived and designed: Mischa Long, Stefanie Robinson, Glen Walton
  • Director: Emily Tomlins
  • Creative consultant: Sue Giles
  • Production manager, costume maker: Hannah Murphy
  • Original cast: Mischa Long, Stefanie Robinson, Glen Walton

Light Pickers was developed through The Generator, the program that expands Polyglot’s artistic voice by inviting our core artists to engage strongly in our vision. The Generator is a long-term commitment to Polyglot’s artistic vibrancy. Light Pickers premiered in 2019 at Abbotsford Convent.


  • Moomba Festival, ArtPlay, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


  • Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The 2018 creative development of Light Pickers at ArtPlay was supported by the City of Melbourne.

Logo: City of Melbourne

Watch the trailer

  • Light Pickers is whimsical, engaging and a sensorial delight.

    TOT: Hot or Not


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