image: courtesy of Performing Lines
act-belong-commit presents


by Insite Arts & Compagnia TPO

“…stirs the senses… (it doesn’t) just talk about the stars, the children can actually see them through the night. With the little ones in particular, their imaginations run wild.”

The Age

“By the time the piece comes to its end… one knows one has encountered a very special piece of children’s theatre.”

Herald, Scotland

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 collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company Compagnia TPO to create this highly acclaimed work.

Saltbush 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) –  river country, urban landscapes, the desert and the sea, all the while discovering the land and better understanding and acknowledging our own challenges and personal journey.

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.

Suits: 4+ year olds and adults!
Duration: 50 min (no interval)



Creative Team

Co-Artistic Directors: Davide Venturini (Italy) & Jason Cross (Australia)

Dramaturgy: Sasha Zahra (Australia)

Composer/Musician: Lou Bennett (Australia/ Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung)

Choreographer: Deon Hastie (Australia/ Tjapukai)

Visual Artist/Designer: Delwyn Mannix (Australia/ Wangkangurru)

Digital Designer: Elsa Mersi (Italy)

Technical Designer: Rossano Monti (Italy)

Sound Designer: Spartaco Cortesi (Italy)

Artistic Collaborations: Edoardo Donatini (Italy) and Francesco Gandi (Italy)

Technical & Production Manager: Niccolo Gallio, (Italy)

TPO manager: Valentina Martini (Italy)

A Performing Lines tour for Blak Lines.


Dancer: Caleena Sansbury (Australia/ Ngarrindjeri, Narrunga, Kaurna)

Dancer: Sani Townson (Australia/ Saibai of Koedal clan)

Narrator/Performer: Sharni McDermott (Australia/ Wiradjuri)

It’s a Kind of Kids’ Magic – David Zampatti – The West Australian – Friday 14 July, 2017.