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Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes pre-school children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten.

Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories on the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour.

Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) is inspired by the seafaring history of Java, Indonesia, and a true tale of a small boy’s arrival in Australia. Cerita Anak places children at the heart of the story by inviting the audience, young and old, to be passengers on this adventure on the high seas.

Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean – from the fish below to the birds above – while evoking the majesty and mystery of the sea itself.

Cerita Anak was in part developed in a fishing village north of Java, where Melbourne's Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theatre worked with local children to create this exquisite encounter.

Empowering its young audience as they navigate the high seas, Cerita Anak is also a timely reflection of the refugee experience and the history of our region.


Arts Centre MelbourneSidney Myer FundPolygotPapermoon Puppet TheatreCreative Partnerships AustraliaCreative VictoriaAustralia Indonesia InstitutePlayking FoundationCity of Melbourne

The development of Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) was supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab, City of Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne, Playking Foundation, Creative Partnerships Australia and Polyglot’s generous donors.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

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

Cerita Anak (Child's Story)

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Date & Time:

30 March – 2 April 2017

Thursday 30 March, 10am
Thursday 30 March, 12:30pm
Friday 31 March, 10am
Friday 31 March, 12:30pm
Saturday 1 April, 10am
Saturday 1 April, 12:30pm
Saturday 1 April, 3pm
Sunday 2 April, 10am
Sunday 2 April, 12:30pm
Sunday 2 April, 3pm


Standard: $24
Child: $24
3 Show Package: $20.40

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Suitable for children aged 2-5 and adults