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.



Tangle invites children and their families to create a giant, vibrant, interactive artwork that shifts and grows over time.

A Tangle production photo. A child with short dark hair is suspended upside down amongst hundreds of strands of colourful elastic. They are smiling at the camera.

As they enter, each child is given a ball of colourful elastic thread which they can weave in and around tall golden poles. Gradually, a spectacular, multi-coloured, ever-changing landscape forms – a fascinating place to play, explore and bounce. Polyglot artists roam throughout, inspiring hilarity, adventure and just a touch of chaos…

With a funky live soundtrack, Tangle is an event where children take the lead. Together they build and contribute to an enchanting public artwork that everyone can enjoy.

“It was better than my birthday.” Child, 11 years

  • Tangle is an energetic experience.
  • Children and families choose how they engage with the performers and the space, moving around as they like.
  • A DJ plays music for the duration of the show.
  • Conceived and directed: Sue Giles
  • Set design: Michael Baxter, Katrina Gaskell
  • Costume design: Nick Barlow
  • Musician: Justin Marshall
  • Production manager: Amy Bagshaw
  • Original cast: Nick Barlow, Sabrina D’Angelo, Tamara Rewse, Glen Walton

Tangle premiered in 2011 at ArtPlay, as part of Moomba Festival.


  • Bunjil Place, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


  • Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Wyndham City Children’s Week Picnic, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


  • Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand


  • Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia, USA
  • Pittsburgh Children’s Festival, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Mt. Beauty Music Festival, VIC, Australia


  • Freespace Festival, Hong Kong
  • Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • Shepparton Arts Festival, VIC, Australia


  • Daejeon Arts Centre, Daejeon, Korea
  • Garden 5, Seoul, Korea
  • FIGat7th Downtown Festival, Los Angeles, USA
  • Matrix Festival, Michigan, USA
  • Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan, USA
  • Womadelaide, SA, Australia
  • Perth International Arts Festival, WA, Australia


  • Sydney Festival, NSW, Australia


  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD, Australia
  • Premiere: Moomba Festival, ArtPlay, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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  • It is a gentle, fun and brilliantly executed artwork. Fantastic to watch and participate, Tangle is a masterpiece in art making for young people.

    Vernon Guest, Sydney Festival


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