Sneak a peek at an Australian-Indonesian crosscultural puppet theatre collaboration (via AsiaTOPA)

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

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.

 

Learn more about this crosscultural production at the Asia Triennale of Performing Arts in Australia here.

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