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Sun 8 Jul 2012, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sun 8 Jul 2012, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Sun 8 Jul 2012, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Sun 8 Jul 2012, 3:00pm–4:00pm
Sun 8 Jul 2012, 4:00pm–5:00pm

Where: The Square - Federation Square, Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Giant ants will be infesting Federation Square this July and they will be recruiting children as helpers in their colony. Ants, the latest creation from Polyglot Theatre, will see human sized ants take over the city in a large-scale treasure hunt.

Patrolling the pavements in search for food for the winter, the colossal creepy-crawlies will invite children to help them seek out huge paper breadcrumbs hiding in corners, under stairs, beneath benches and in trees throughout Federation Square.

Children will swarm across the space, working together to collect the big paper parcels and bring them back to the nest, arranging and playing with them in an unending cycle of industrious activity.

Polyglot Theatre Artistic Director Sue Giles says, “Ants is a new form for Polyglot, inspired by the delight children take in transforming routine into fun and adventure at every opportunity. Here we acknowledge children as active elements in our everyday space, and as people that can make big things happen”.

Within the performance, ants act as the human workforce and children as the inspiration to change the way we think about a task, expectations and plans.

The pervasive artwork is inspired by the role of work in the modern world and children’s capacity to combine work with play. The ants are solidly intent upon the task, focused on the collection of food. Their single-minded purpose is addictive and children join in the toil, transforming a labour into a game.

For over 30 years, Polyglot has been recognized one of Australia’s leading children’s theatre companies, and in recent years the company has been in demand internationally, playing to over 60, 000 children annually on four continents.

A mixture of roving performance and interaction with children and their adults, Ants is a play space with a difference.