Your Safety & Wellbeing

Session times

Friday 9 Apr
2pm - 4pm
Saturday 10 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Tuesday 13 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 14 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 15 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Friday 16 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 17 Apr
10am - 12pm & 2pm - 3pm

Running Time This is a drop-in event. Families are welcome to participate as long as they wish, within the session times available.

Price range

This is a free non-ticketed event. Registrations will be required on arrival via QR code.

All aboard! Boats is an adventurous voyage for children of all ages. Using colourful vessels, families will join together to navigate an urban seascape.

At a central mooring place, large lightweight boats wait patiently for children’s imagination and energy. Once aboard, the boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with kids working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the high seas. As they journey, Polyglot Theatre's artists float as castaways to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the urban ocean. Together they guide the boats to safe harbour ready for a new crew, and the next adventure.

Beware! There may be sharks...

About the show

Boats was inspired by the stories of children who have experienced journeys across the sea, as refugees from life-threatening situations, and plays with the idea of arrival at a strange land. This work is a joyous response to how children unerringly find the play in their surroundings, and can lead us all to new perspectives. Children are often forgotten in the huge events of the world and Boats places them firmly and with happy disruption, in urban spaces, to find their own imaginative adventures in the everyday.” Sue Giles AM, Artistic Director and co-CEO, Polyglot Theatre


Your safety and wellbeing

Face masks are strongly recommended where 1.5m physical distancing is not possible. Read more about our COVIDSafe measures


With thanks to Mrs Jenny Leaper and Dr John Leaper for supporting Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2021 Families Activation Program.

Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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