Esplanade Presents


Building Strong Frameworks to Hold Chaos

Sue Giles, in conjunction with ASSITEJ SG (Australia)

12 Mar 2023, Sun, 2pm

2hrs 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Often, in participatory theatrical works for children, artmakers struggle between their artistic intents and pursuits, versus the desire to “let go” and allow children to explore and play in an authentic manner.


Here, we invite Sue Giles to share her experience in what it means to Build a Strong Framework to Hold Chaos including some epic disruptions and failures which can inform artistic practices as much as successes do.


After a 20 min sharing, we will invite participation from artists to join in a ‘jamming’ session to come up with a 5 min prototype, facilitated by Sue Giles. These prototypes will be test-bedded by invited children for part of the session. We will observe Sue and the artists work together through impulse and improvisation, design and conceptual exploration to create short performative ideas for children to respond to.


This session is suitable for artists, arts managers and/or producers who are keen to observe a child-centric approach to artmaking in Arts for Young Audiences (A4YA).


Schedule of the Session

1.45pm - 2pm: Registration

2pm - 2.20pm: Sharing by Sue Giles (20 mins)

2.20pm - 3.10pm: Jamming workshop (with 5 groups of 3 artists, 50 mins)

3.15pm - 4pm: Test bedding with children (45 mins)

4pm - 4.30pm: Unpacking/Feedback (30 mins)


By Invitation only. Pre-registration required.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission Age:
21 and above
Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Sue Giles

Sue Giles is the President of ASSITEJ International, the global association of theatre and performing arts for children and young people. She was elected to this position at the 20th World Congress in Tokyo and online, after seven years of serving on the Executive Committee including three years as Vice President. She is dedicated to continuing to work for the aims of this far reaching organisation and for the profile, value and recognition of Young People and the Arts in the world, in the region of Asia Pacific and in Australia and serve on the Board of Theatre Network Australia.


Between 2000 and 2022 she was Artistic Director and Co CEO of Polyglot Theatre, the well known, international contemporary theatre company making work for children as audiences and participants. The work she and others made for Polyglot during these 22 years reached audiences across 5 continents and 18 countries. Polyglot Theatre continues to be a leader in Children's theatre and participatory arts experiences, holding a firm place in child-centred processes and niche works for public spaces.


Sue has been working in the theatre industry for over 40 years as an actor, writer, director and facilitator of experiences for children and for artists in professional development and training. Her practice has focused on child-centred processes, in co-design and the creation of powerful experiences for children from birth to 12

Date & Time

12 Mar 2023, Sun


Esplanade Recital Studio

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