Polyglot Theatre - creative engagement with Japanese children and families

14 September 2017

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Polyglot Theatre

Young girl with paper wings and headband
Polyglot Theatre's Paper Planet at Fed Square, Melbourne, 2011. Credit: Martin Reddy

Project description

Marking their fourth visit to Japan since 2011, Australia’s world-leading Polyglot Theatre for children and families, will return to Minami Sanriku in Japan’s Tohoku Region, a small town devastated by the 2011 tsunami, to deliver a collaborative project for children based on our production “Paper Planet”.

"Paper Planet" is a spectacular forest of tall cardboard trees that invites children to populate the world with fantastic paper creations.  Acchi Cocchi, a music organisation with deep connections in the Tohoku region as a result of their sustained engagement there since 2011, will once again join Polyglot as collaborators.  Polyglot Theatre will work with local children in their schools to design plants, animals, sounds and costumes to fill the paper world, and will then create a larger public installation using the children’s creations for their families and the wider community to enjoy.

This Japan Tour will also include the Japanese premiere of "Paper Planet" in Tokyo for Asia International Festival of Performing Arts for Children and Young Audiences.


Key dates:

  • Opening performance in Tokyo and/or VIP event, Tokyo, 23 February 2018
  • Event connected to public performance in Minami Sanriku performance 3 March 2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $27,500.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $106,900.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017