We Built This City is an interactive cardboard construction site for families which celebrates absolute simplicity and the power of children’s imaginations. A giant public construction site, We Built This City uses thousands and thousands of cardboard boxes and the energy of kids and families to build a magnificent imagined city. Buildings go up, are pulled down, redesigned, extended, walked through and reconstructed before the whole thing is knocked down into a gloriously chaotic heap of cardboard rubble.
Underscored by a rocking soundtrack from an on-site DJ, the participants are guided by performers who play construction workers, facilitating free play, performing as hilarious characters and setting tasks which bring people together in unity. We Built This City simultaneously places children in the role of performer, creator, audience and architect. It is not a play… it is play. We Built This City is Polyglot’s most enduring work, touring continuously since its 2001 premiere. Over 30,000 children have participated in its many seasons, which include the Kennedy Center in Washington, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Awesome Festival Perth, Sydney Opera House, Esplanade Theatre Singapore, and Act3 Children’s Festival, always with critical and popular acclaim.
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