WE DID IT. We had a massive fundraising goal of $50,000, and we are beyond thrilled that we have hit it! An enormous THANK YOU to all of our incredibly generous donors and everyone who helped spread the word – your support has helped us reach our biggest ever fundraising target. These funds mean a lot to Polyglot – they will help us move to our brand new home at Abbotsford Convent and see our next 40 years shine brightly. From all of us – thank you!
Of course, it’s always a good time to give, and although our matched funding campaign is now complete, the end of the financial year is rapidly approaching. We’re still fundraising to support the big relocation and gifts of all sizes will make a difference to our future (and are tax deductible)! To give now, visit polyglottheatre.secure.force.com.
Extraordinary theatrical experiences for children and their families
Powerful and transformative community projects
Creative exploration and collaboration with children
Leadership in Australia’s Theatre for Young Audiences sector
Cultural diplomacy, creative exchange and international touring
For a company that began in 1978 with two people taking small shows to school halls, our 40th birthday is a big achievement. There’s a lot to celebrate, and we have bold plans for 2018. This is the year that will shape Polyglot’s future.
Our South Yarra home is bursting at the seams! 27A Cromwell Road has witnessed so much extraordinary creativity and collaboration over our 38 years here. However, the time has come to stretch our wings, so we are packing up and shipping across town to Abbotsford Convent! Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and spread over 16 acres, the Abbotsford Convent – with its 11 historic buildings and gardens – is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. It is home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. Each year the Convent welcomes a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals.
Polyglot is taking up a purpose-designed tenancy in the beautifully restored Sacred Heart building, surrounded by diverse, creative, inspiring friends. In addition, an exciting new partnership between Polyglot and Abbotsford Convent will see us performing, creating and testing new work with children and families as part of the Convent Kids program every year.
The partnership kicked off with a special, free presentation of Polyglot’s spectacular, world-renowned installation, Tangle, in the Sacred Heart Courtyard at the Convent on 13 – 14 April 2018. Check out some fun photos here!
We are investing in our people and sustainable growth by building Polyglot’s artistic leadership capacity through The Generator. This is a professional development program for our core artists in creative leadership and Polyglot’s unique approach to theatre-making, enabling us to create, collaborate and perform even more.
We are strengthening Polyglot’s role as an advocate for the importance of the arts in children’s development and the value of theatre for children. Ensuring children’s voices are valued and heard is central to Polyglot vision, and always will be.
We are continuing to create trailblazing theatre experiences for children, their families, and communities in Australia and around the world.
Thank you for your support in helping Polyglot reach this moment of celebration.
Polyglot Theatre’s 40th Birthday Appeal is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.
The Betty Amsden Foundation
Monica and Sam Abrahams
Arianna, Simon, Elsa and Saskia
Mrs Margaret Bartel
Bill and Jen Barlow
Neredah Burns and Kim Sweeny
John and Diana Chew
Michelle Chow and Michael Cameron
Debbie Dadon AM
Fiona De Garis
Vedran Drakulic OAM
Rev Fr Michael Elligate
Indigo Emerson (6 years old) and her Mum
Belinda and John Fogarty
Jenny and Loyd Fyffe
Katherine Fyffe and Cameron Goodall
Tom Gutteridge & Dr Angela Campbell
Fiona Gruber and Mark Williams
Mrs. Sam Hawker
Erica Heller-Wagner and Dave McCarthy
Greg Ireton, Kate Taylor, and Clementine Ireton
Grazyna Tamara Krezlewska
Sarah Mayor Cox
Kathleen McMahon and Rob Nerlich
Dr. Anne Myers
Nami Nelson and Bruce and Charlie Alexander
Dr. Gail Nichols
Ian Pidd and Susan Giles
Eda Ritchie AM
Barbara and Mark Rosman
Greg Shalit and Miriam Faine
Tim and Lynne Sherwood
Naomi Tippett AM
James Turnbull and Ruth Brown
Dr. Megan Upton
Merissa van Setten
Dr. Fiona Wahr and family
Steve Watson and Partners
John and Coral Wright
Julie Wright and Phil Jackson