16 July 2019, 9am
16 July 2019, 10am
Cerita Anak (Child's Story) takes children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten. Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories in the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour.
Cerita Anak (Child's Story) draws its inspiration from the seafaring history in Java and the true tale of arrival in Australia told by a small boy. Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean. Audience members, both young and old, will be transported by this exquisite adventure, created by Australia’s Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre.
TWO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FOR THE AUDIENCE
Cerita Anak (Child's Story) is designed for children and their adults.
This unique work offers an audience experience from two perspectives:
The inner audience (Passenger) is made up of child and adult pairs who enter the boat as passengers and fully participate in the work.
The outer audience (Villager) is made up of other family members and older children. They are seated in a typical theatre seating arrangement and watch the work as a piece of theatre.
These two perspectives offer very different understandings of the work.
The Passenger is immersed in the story and goes through a sensory and physical experience of the journey.
The Villager has an experience that is more meditative, with the ability to see the bigger picture and to see the story unfold from the outside.
Esplanade presents Cerita Anak (Child's Story) by Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre. This tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.
Passenger is made up of child and adult groups who enter and goes through a sensory and physical experience of the journey. - Tickets sold in adult-child pairs (1 adult and 1 child) or threes (1 adult and 2 children or 2 adults + 1 child)
- Each individual ticket is $30.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult (at least 16yrs old & above).
- Child recommended to be age 2-7 years old.
- No infants-in-arms allowed.
- Passengers to arrive 20min before scheduled (show) time.
- There will be a craft session before boarding.
- Latecomers will not be allowed on board.
- Bags, shoes and socks to be put aside.
Villager is made up of other family members and older children. They are seated in a typical theatre seating arrangement and watch the work as a piece of theatre.
-Admission for all ages
-Each individual ticket is $20
-Adult supervision is required for young children.
Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission
Admission Rules of Esplanade:
- Recommended for ages 2 to 7 years old (Passenger), 7 years & above (Villager).
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 2 shall not be admitted (Passenger)
- Children 2 years & abv (Passenger), All ages (Villager) must purchase ticket for admission.
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Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) embraces a new audience for Polyglot. Children aged 2–7 have a distinctive approach to imaginative play, imbuing the world around them with character. They are at a stage of loving the connection with their adults as well as testing out their independent action. The dual roles of child and adult in this piece are vital.
After two creative processes in Indonesia, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) had its final stage of development at ArtPlay in Melbourne in 2016, before its world premiere season at Arts Centre Melbourne in April 2017, as part of the inaugural Asia TOPA. Polyglot and collaborating partner Papermoon Puppet Theatre devised the work, along with children from the villages of Lasem and Kepek, and Dinjerra Primary School in Melbourne.
Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) has since toured to Perth International Arts Festival, OzAsia Festival, and to Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and Beijing and Hangzhou in China.
Papermoon Puppet Theatre
Papermoon Puppet Theatre was founded by illustrator, writer and former theatre performer Maria Tri Sulistyani and visual artist Iwan Effendi. Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a country with world-renowned puppetry traditions, the young, expert artists of Papermoon are extending this form with their mixed-media productions, and creating works that imaginatively explore identity and society.
Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families. The company’s distinctive artistic philosophy has placed it at the international forefront of contemporary arts experiences for babies and children up to 12 years, meeting with professional acclaim and recognition around the world. Inspired by the artwork, play and ideas of children, Polyglot creates imagined worlds where audiences actively participate in performance through touch, play and encounter.
“Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) is beautiful, magical, moving and profound – a fine example of an art experience that brings cultures together, explores our humanity and develops empathy for others.” – Greg Elliott, InDaily, 2018
Read the full review here.
“For adults, this intensely immersive experience creates the emotional resonance of a journey through peril towards hope: but for small children it’s the best playground ever…This is a show that reminds you that a key word in theatre is ‘play’.” – Alison Croggon, WITNESS Performance, 2018
Read the full review here.
“…the sheer beauty, and interactive fun, of this simple yet superbly executed production.” – Simon Collins, The West Australian, 2018
Read the full review here.
“Cerita Anak (Child's Story) is a brilliant and powerful show, filled with fun surprises for the little ones.” KidTown Melbourne, 2017
“This beautifully interactive tale, awash with textiles, sound, light and puppetry, is as touching and thought provoking for the grown-ups, as it is inspiring for little minds.” – KidTown Melbourne, 2017
Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) was nominated for the 2018 Green Room Award – Work for Young Audiences: https://www.greenroom.org.au/nominees2018/
Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) was nominated for the 2017 Helpmann Award - Best Presentation for Children: http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/2017/past-nominees-and-winners/presentation-for-children