Adelaide-based Patch Theatre Company is Australia’s flagship theatre company for 4-8 year old children. The company celebrated 40 years in 2012 and has performed 103 new works to more than 1.6 million children and their families since its inception in 1972.
Under the vision and leadership of Artistic Director, Dave Brown, the company has evolved into a highly regarded national and international touring company with a finely crafted, world-class repertoire of diverse, vibrant and challenging theatre for 4-8 year olds. In recent years Patch Theatre Company has accumulated an enviable collection of awards and accolades including 2 coveted Helpmann Awards for Best Presentation for Children, assorted Critic, Innovation & Excellence Awards, a range of Touring Awards, a ‘Ruby’ for Sustained Contribution to the Arts and most recently The Victor Award for Best Showcase Production in Philadelphia, U.S.
The company maintains a repertoire of 8 theatre works available for touring and has presented 7 of it’s repertoire productions at festivals and venues in more than 20 international seasons in the US, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan and New Zealand. Patch Theatre Company also tours extensively across Australia and presents regular seasons at the nation’s major performing arts centres and children’s festivals.
Please refer to the Patch Theatre website for information on its current season.
I don’t subscribe to the view that today’s children are incapable of paying attention to anything for more than a few minutes. Patch Theatre Co’s award winning production, Me and My Shadow… proves my point. Two performers, a bunch of brown paper bags, and the most wondrous lighting effects kept those children, me and my 75 –year-old theatre buddy, enthralled from start to finish.
Flloyd Kennedy, Brisbane
Theo and The Lion is an abundant success: intelligently crafted, with gorgeous imagery and engaging story telling. The creators have focused on building a show that speaks in the languages of music and pictures. The design and set dressing are imaginative, the set pieces and transformations are inventive and ingenious. It looks beautiful: burnished, nostalgic and analogue.
John Wells, Adelaide Theatre Guide