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.

2020 History

COVID-19 hits

A Parked development photo. An adult and a child interact with one another in a well-lit theatre space with wooden floors under a hanging gum tree branch. Photo: Carla Gottjens.
  • Kath Fyffe appointed as Executive Director and co-CEO, after three years as Polyglot’s General Manager.
  • Parked (later called When The World Turns) creative development begins in Australia with sensory workshops at ArtPlay in March.  This work is a collaboration between Polyglot and Oily Cart (UK) and is an Arts Centre Melbourne commission. This is the last in-person public engagement for Polyglot before lockdowns commence. 
  • COVID-19 hits Melbourne in March. 
  • Polyglot supports our Generator artists with meetings each week and the creation of new work online and in creative development. 
  • Polyglot loses Australia Council four-year funding, along with 49 other organisations across the country. There are now only three federally funded companies making work for a young audience in Australia and none of these are in Victoria.