First On The Ladder

First On The Ladder is a three-year art-meets-sport project that involves two Indigenous sports clubs, Rumbalara Football and Netball Club in Shepparton, Victoria and the Moree Boomerangs in New South Wales.

Polyglot Theatre, in collaboration with Beyond Empathy, celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal children and their communities in this project through a range of creative experiences including zine-making, street art, animation and music.

First On The Ladder uses art-making and sport to strengthen cultural pride and community connection. The project extends the strong traditions and affection for sport through the celebrated teams in both communities, taking place in spaces throughout these communities, using artistic mediums to engage audiences in unexpected ways.

The collaboration between Polyglot and Beyond Empathy inventively combines the companies’ renowned expertise in children’s theatre making and community cultural development respectively, resulting in original and accessible high quality art works and a cross-regional cultural exchange.

First on the Ladder is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Download the first edition of the Moree zine Boom here (1.07MB)


Download the second edition of the Moree zine Boom here (1.42MB)


Download the first edition of the Shepparton zine Rumba here (3.4MB)

Cover image - Zine 1

Download the second edition of the Shepparton zine Rumba here (941KB)


Download the third edition of the Shepparton zine Rumba here (1.5MB)


Download the fourth edition of the Shepparton zine Rumba here (1.39MB)


Listen to “BBC (Boomerangs Broadcast Corporation)” on Spreaker.

Listen to “Rumba Radio – 3RR” on Spreaker.


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