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HOT: Cerita Anak By Polyglot Theatre And Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

HOT: Cerita Anak by Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Cerita Anak means ‘Child’s Story’ in Indonesian and it is a collaborative theatrical work for children 2-5 years old by Melbourne’s Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre.

Cerita Anak combines puppetry, shadow imagery, song and sound to weave a story about being adrift on a boat in the ocean. It’s inspired by the seafaring history of Java and a true tale of a small boy’s arrival in Australia.

Baby 2.0 and I attended workshops at Artplay in 2016 which gave children a unique opportunity to participate in the creation of the final work.

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 1 (2)

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 2 (1)

Our workshop starts with parents and children folding origami paper boats and drawing our ‘passport’ to enter the show’s set through a mysterious curtain.

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 3 (1)

The set is a large scale boat made with bamboo frames and fabric, with lots of other child-sized wooden boats dotted around.

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 1

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 2

Children are encouraged to claim a boat and ride the waves. Some kids (including Baby 2.0) are freaked out by the sound of the ocean and the billowing of parachute silk to evoke the sea in a storm.

Cerita Anak by Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

We are then ushered into the large boat and together take a journey where we see birds flying overhead, dolphins jumping and shadowy sea creatures. We don’t get to venture to that part of the show but the descriptions of it by the artists sound amazing. Enough to freak out Baby 2.0 again ‘I don’t want to see the shadows!’.

Cerita Anak Polyglot Theatre - 4

Cerita Anak will be presented at Arts Centre Melbourne from 30 March – 2 April in State Theatre Rehearsal Room as part of Asia TOPA: Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. I can’t wait to see the final work!

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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