Children’s Cheering Carpet – Saltbush is an immersive and interactive journey through the culture and language of Aboriginal Australia.



Grounded, Adelaide
Chengdu Play House, China
Tianjin Arts Centre, China
Zhengzhou New Arts Centre, China
Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee


Wuhan, China
Suzhou, China
Ningbo, China
SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo
State Theatre Centre, Perth
Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
Arts Margaret River, Margaret River
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
Godinymayin Yijard Arts and Cultural Centre, Katherine
Desert Harmony Festival, Tennant Creek
Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree
Bathurst Memorial Centre, Bathurst
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
Colac-Otway Performing Arts Centre, Colac


Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


Shanghai, China


First China Family Festival, Shanghai, China
Sendai, Japan
New Victory Theater, New York, USA
Adam Smith Theatre, Kircaldy, Scotland
Universal Hall, Findhorn, Scotland
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
Beacon Arts Centre, Scotland


Kijimuna Festa (Okinawa City, Shiga & Yokohama), Japan
Szene Bunte Wähne, Austria


International Performing Arts For Youth, Usa
Taipei Children’s Arts Festival, China
Macau Cultural Centre, China
Musee De Quai Branly, France


Assitej Korea Summer Festival
National Theatre Of Korea
Chuncheon Mime Festival, Korea
Goeje Arts Centre, Korea
Lig Arts Centre, Korea
Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria
Artplay, Melbourne


Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cambelltown
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


Artplay, Melbourne
Come Out Festival, Adelaide
Teatro Metastasio Stabile Della Toscana, Italy


Saltbush is a plant that can be found throughout Australia in almost all Aboriginal lands, and so it represents a common thread between all the different nations of Australian indigenous peoples. This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance and instrumental music that were created by the Aboriginal artists in this production. These artistic forms were used as a means of interpreting the natural features of the landscape in an indigenous mythological context.

Through its sensor and infrared cameras, allows the children to interact, play and perform in the production and provides an immersive experience of the artwork. This also provides a unique experience for parents and teachers as they watch the children become involved.

The narrative centres on the journey of two friends and their spiritual guide on foot as they cross Australian landscapes – river country, an urban landscape, desert and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land, growing an understanding and acknowledging how it challenges or provokes personal journeys.

TPO’s award winning artistry in multi-media theatre for young people is combined with the work of acclaimed professional Aboriginal artists Lou Bennett (music), Delwyn Mannix (visual art), Deon Hastie and Anna Balducci (choreography), Sasha Zahra (dramaturgy) under the artistic direction of Come Out director Jason Cross and TPO director Davide Venturini.


“…involving, engaging, theatrical magic that could and should play any theatre in the world.” Sunday Mail, Adelaide

“…enchanting and completely captivating for four-to-eight year olds and everyone else as well.” The Advertiser, Adelaide

“Children’s theatre doesn’t get any better than this. This inspired array of Italian and Aboriginal artists is the perfect fusion of dance, art and breathtaking digital design.” Sunday Mail, Adelaide


Co-artistic directors
Visual artist/designer
Visual designer
Technical designer
Sound designer
TPO manager
Davide Venturini (Italy), Jason Cross (Australia)
Sasha Zahra (Australia)
Lou Bennett (Australia/ Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung)
Deon Hastie (Australia/ Tjapukai) Anna Balducci (Italy)
Rosealee Pearson (Australia/ Yolngu) Sani Townson (Australia-Saibai Koedal)
Jada Alberts(Australia/ Larrakia)
Delwyn Mannix (Australia/ Wangkangurru)
Elsa Mersi (Italy)
Rossano Monti (Italy)
Spartaco Cortesi(Italy)
Valentina Martini(Italy)


Director - Jason Cross