Saltbush Made by Compagnia TPO & Insite Arts in co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana

Saltbush is an exquisite interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories. An ensemble of Aboriginal artists including Lou Bennett, Deon Hastie and Delwyn Mannix collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company Compagnia TPO to create another beautiful piece in the highly acclaimed Children’s Cheering Carpet series. The Saltbush narrative centres on the journey of two friends from different Aboriginal backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot. Their journey sees them travel across diverse Australian landscapes (countries) a river country, an urban landscape, desert and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land (country), growing an understanding and acknowledging how it challenges or provokes personal journeys. Children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers as the landscape unfolds around them, providing a unique immersive experience, where the audience becomes part of this visually beautiful journey.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
B, C
Touring Party

While Saltbush requires 6.50 meter rig above the performance space it is a very simple bump in and does not require any operational support once the show has been bumped in. Company tour with projectors, tarkett and all computers to operate show Very experienced touring party have worked in diverse range of venues inc community halls.

Company Website

Marketing Materials

Stills, Video and Background support material available online (this is not a published play)

Community Engagement

This is one of Australia's most celebrated international touring productions. Saltbush has toured throughout the world. However the work was made for Australian children and their families. The work explores and celebrates Aboriginal culture and the landscapes of Australia. The work seeks to bring young people into direct engagement with the significance of Australia's Aboriginal culture in todays world.