10 – 19 Mar 2023View dates and time
Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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A call from above: come back home!
The cats know. The crow knows. The Karung Guni knows…
There’s someone missing.
Through stories and play, soon everyone will know who is hiding, who is lost and who is found.
Come Back Home is a tale that winds through the past and the present to seek out a child who went missing a long time ago. Immersive and theatrical, it draws on the experience of children and adult memories of being a child, to celebrate possibility, place and imagination.
Audiences will be invited to participate in the action as the story unfolds, taking their place in the activity of a vibrant community. When booking, families can choose to be in the seated auditorium (Observer) or on stage (Participant) amidst the adventure.
Come Back Home by Polyglot Theatre is an Esplanade Commission, co-produced by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore) in collaboration with artists in both countries.
Come Back Home was developed through a collaborative process of creation at a distance. Beginning in 2021, artists from Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Polyglot Theatre worked together to make a new, participatory experience for and with children.
In this creative experiment, the artists collaborated via remote digital connection and play: sharing skills, stimulating ideas and becoming a creative team. Collaboration with children took place in each country throughout the process.
There will be a pre-show activity at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre foyer 20 minutes before the performance. Do join us early to enjoy the activity.
Director - Sue Giles
Designer - Katrina Gaskell
Sound Designer/Composer - Glen Walton and Natalie Tse
Lighting Designer - Emanorwatty Saleh
Assistant Director - Sylvie Meltzer
Performers - Grace Kalai, Rizman Putra, Briony Farrell, Vignesh Singh
Stage Manager - Kaite Head
Assistant Stage Manager - Shivani Rajan
Production Manager: Evelyn Chia (The Backstage Affair)
Assistant Production Manager: Shadow Zeng (The Backstage Affair)
Producers: Julie Wright (Polyglot Theatre), Rachel Lim and Edlyn Ng (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
*Please select ticket category correctly when purchasing. No exchange or refund will be allowed once tickets are booked. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required for each attendee, including infants in arm. Families can book to experience Come Back Home in two ways:
Participants (On stage): Ticket holders participate actively in bringing the story to life, moving around the space, and joining the story as guided by performers. Recommended for children 5 years and up. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult participant.
Observers (Seated): Ticket holders participate in key moments to bring the story to life from their seats. Recommended for caregivers with infants and audiences who prefer to enjoy the experience as a piece of theatre.
5 - 12 years old (Participant ticket)
All ages (Observer ticket)
5 and above (Participant ticket)
All ages (Observer ticket)
Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne, Australia, 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 their strong reputation internationally as a leader in the theatre for young audiences (TYA) sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory works that are playful and conceptually rigorous. Access is central to Polyglot’s work, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play.
Polyglot Theatre’s involvement in Come Back Home is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
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