Ants by Polyglot Theatre


Suitable for ages 2-10


A colony of giant ants has moved into the Centre’s outdoor Forecourt.

As the ants get to work in their new Southbank home, kids and families will be irresistibly drawn into their world. The giant insects disrupt the everyday as they go about their busy colony lives. Kids can choose how they interact with the big insects, becoming ant-like creatures themselves in an antennae workshop where they can make their very own feelers, and then taking part in the performance as it unfolds. All are welcome to join in on the fun, and observe this enchanting investigation into the nature of work, perception of scale and our relationship with the environment.

This season of Polyglot Theatre’s Ants, presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, features a special live performance of a newly commissioned score generously supported by Melbourne Recital Centre’s Betty Amsden Bequest.

‘Ants is a play space with a difference.’ Herald Sun
‘The best play I have ever seen I reckon.’ Louis (age seven)

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Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 April

9.45am – 10.15am Antennae workshop
10.15am – 10.45am Performance
12.30pm – 1pm Antennae workshop
1pm – 1.30pm Performance
2.30pm – 3pm Antennae workshop
3pm – 3.30pm Performance


This production is part of the following series:

Music Play Family Festival 2021

A festival for kids and families to discover music, play an instrument and make some noise with big and mini concerts, workshops and loads of free foyer fun.