Get ready to be swept off your feet
The interactive play, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), about adventures at sea, promises to delight both children and adults. (Photos: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)

Get ready to be swept off your feet

Boats, they take us places – to long-awaited vacations and new beginnings on distant shores.

In the theatre production Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), the boats that anchor the play don’t physically move, but they will nonetheless transport audiences to faraway places.

Conceived and developed by Australia’s Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Cerita Anakcombines storytelling and song with puppetry in an immersive theatre experience for children and adults. It is based on the story of a boy who arrives in Australia by boat, and it recreates in the theatre a sense of being out at sea with the help of billowing fabrics, lighting effects and visual projections.

The play is part of the Esplanade’s Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival, which runs from 4 to 6 Oct, in celebration of Children’s Day.

The performance includes moments where the audience is encouraged to play with props in the show.

The interactive show invites audiences to choose their role – as passengers onboard the boat and actively participating in the play, or villagers observing the ship’s journey. The performance also includes moments of play and exploration where the audience is encouraged to play with shadow puppets and explore shipwreck models on the make-believe sea floor.

There are no real tidal waves to be experienced in this show, but it promises to sweep audiences off their feet and out to sea on an imaginative adventure.

Details about Cerita Anak here.

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