Small Voices Louder

Maybe ( ) Together

Little people have big ideas.

Imagine a space for thinking. For musing over life’s big questions. What is love? What is important to remember in life? What is a big idea?

Small Voices Louder is a child-only space for playing and pondering. It’s a magical world of tents and teepees where kids lie under clouds, talk to an alien, discover a dinosaur egg and step into a portal to the future. It’s a space for dreaming, wondering and talking about the bigger things in life.

It is also a recording space, where kids’ answers are turned into soundtracks for adult ears to stop and listen to.  We believe that children, sometimes, are exactly what the world needs to hear. And adults don’t listen enough.

Part 1 – This is a kids-only event | Only for children aged 7–12. It is not suitable for children aged 6 and under, or children who cannot read.
Part 2 – For adults in unsuspecting places.

I would rate Small Voices Louder a stunning 9 and a 1/2 out of 10.

Michelle Loh, 10yrs, 2017 Perth International Arts Festival


Alex Desebrock

Designer (Part 1)
Ben Landau

Sound Design
Thom Browning
Sharyn Brand

Dan Koop

Developing artists
Conor Fox
Ed Gould
Ryan Granger
Robert Jordan

Sara Topsøe-Jensen

Emma Fishwick

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

This project is not currently available for tour.

Age Recommendation
Only for children aged 7-12yrs.
It is not suitable for children aged 6 and under, or children who cannot read.

Audience size
16 children per show (96 per day).

Schools: 30-35mins per show
General Public: 45mins per show (includes 10 min at the end for parents to see the set)

Up to 6 shows per day

Touring requirements
Touring party: 3 (Lead Artist/Performer, Sound Artist & Stage Manager)
Bump in: 4-6 hours (2 crew)
Bump out: 4 hours (2 crew)

Performance requirement
1 x Tech
1 x FOH to greet arriving children, hand out info sheet to parents, invite parents to return for conclusion of performance and child guided tour of the installation.

Requires a minimum 110msq x 3.5m high in an indoor space.
Ideally at least a 70-80% blackout capability within the space.
Even and clean flooring suitable for children to crawl along.
Recordings will take place in the space, so low noise bleed is required.

Rachael Whitworth Senior Producer
Jen Leys Producer

Presentation History

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Full Presentation History for Small Voices Louder

Beverley Station Arts
Beverley, WA
Cummins Theatre
Merredin, WA
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council
Ravensthorpe , WA
Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre
Harvey, WA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
Perth International Arts Festival
Perth, WA
Red Earth Arts Precinct
Karratha, WA
Nintirri Regional Arts Centre
Tom Price, WA
Broome Civic Centre
Broome, WA
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, WA
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance, WA
Carnamah Town Hall
Carnamah, WA
Queens Park Theatre
Geraldton, WA
Mullewa Town Hall
Mullewa, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA and commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.