Paper Planet Workshop

A highly interactive and universally accessible workshop, facilitating free play, making costumes and creatures, and manipulating paper.

A Paper Planet production photo. A child with dark hair, wearing a baseball jacket, joyfully hangs long strips of white paper on a suspended piece of tape. They are in a sunlit room lined with brown cardboard and other children creating with paper are visible in the background.

This workshop is based on Polyglot’s popular show Paper Planet.

Polyglot artists welcome students into a sensory play space filled with tall cardboard trees. Performances unexpectedly happen as simple materials meet creative freedom. The work encourages practical explorations of character, narrative, and design. It also encourages sustainable arts practices as well as the interconnectivity of species, ecosystems, and new worlds.

Our Paper Planet workshop offers an unusual and immersive environment within school grounds that illustrates the complexity, power and intricacy of students’ creativity. 

This workshop is best suited to multi-day whole-school engagement. 

  • The Paper Planet workshop is a universally accessible experience, there is no English language barrier, and it can be entirely non-verbal.
  • Students choose how they engage with the performers and the space, moving around as they like.

With generous support from the Victorian Department of Education & Training Positive Start in 2022 initiative, Polyglot will continue taking Paper Planet into specialist schools in both regional and metropolitan areas. This program has been supported by the Victorian Department of Education & Training Strategic Partnerships Program since 2018.

Logo: Victorian Department of Education and Training

  • It stimulates the imaginations and takes students on an adventure where they are creating and exploring not on their own but also with other students. It is so inclusive and accessible to everyone in our school and everyone can create no matter what level they are.

    Jane Sartori, Performing Arts Teacher, Belvoir Special School

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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.