A collaboration between Papermoon Puppet Theatre and Polyglot Theatre, Australia

“Polyglot and Papermoon worked alongside children and adults from two villages beneath the volcano Merapi to make a story told through play, puppets, and comic book style. Drawbridge takes the child’s instinctive nature to play and builds this energy into a story of giant proportions.

Misteri Siung Buto—translated into The Mystery of the Ogre’s Tooth—is a new story made by the kids of the villages from the mythology of the region, when ogres lived in the forests of Java, protecting them from humans.

“During part two in Melbourne, children from the Victorian College for the Deaf reinterpreted the story to incorporate Auslan, English, and Indonesian in a giant walk through comic book which took over Deakin Edge at Federation Square in Melbourne.

“Featuring a mix of contemporary and traditional music, artwork and performance, Drawbridge is a cross cultural, cross company, cross age collaboration.

“Artists on this trip were: Directors and Designers Sue Giles and Maria Tri Sulisyani, Comic Book Artist Mandy Ord, Puppet Designer and Maker Octo Tri Andriatna, Sound Artist Marco Cher-Gibard, and Community Artist Ian Pidd.

“Drawbridge Indonesia-Melbourne is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project is also supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and in Melbourne is commissioned by Federation Square.”

—Text by Polyglot Theatre