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“I am constantly in awe of the work that Polyglot do with young people, and am so excited to be sharing that awe with young people in Sydney.” – Rachel Chant, Festival Director on Ants

The Ants are taking over Bondi!

An interactive performance in and around the Bondi Pavilion, Ants brings children together to explore the landscape around them. Insects as big as humans work together intently with hundreds of giant bread crumbs, using sound and movement to communicate, as children are irresistibly drawn closer to find out how they can join in. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, with children’s movement making lines and patterns, transforming public space and disrupting the everyday. An enchanting and unusual experience, come and see the ants go marching one by one, become an Ant-like creature yourself, and take part in their busy world.

“That was fantastic. I haven’t seen a play. I have been a play… the best play I have ever seen I reckon.” – Child, age 7

“Ants is a play space with a difference.” – Herald Sun

“Not a word was exchanged but squeals of laughter rent the air.” – Telegraph India, 2018

Click here for more information about the Ants.


Sat 1 + Sun 2 July 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm

Accessibility Info:
  • This is a ‘Hearing No Obstacle’ event.
  • This is a ‘Language No Obstacle’ event.
  • Click here for more information about accessibility at Bondi Festival.
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Creator Polyglot Theatre

Meet the Creator:

Polyglot places children at the heart of their art. Their vision is of a world where all children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally. Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne making exceptional arts experiences for children and families. Their unique brand of theatre encompasses a wide variety of forms and is shared with audiences everywhere, from the world’s most prestigious theatres to the football grounds of regional Australia. Polyglot’s artistic and philosophical approach of child-centred practice has earned them a strong reputation at home and abroad as a leader in the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory works that are playful and conceptually rigorous. Access is central to the work at Polyglot, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play.

Polyglot Theatre is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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