Patch Theatre has been making professional theatre for 4–8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. We have produced 110 unique theatre works and performed to over 1.85 million children around the world.
Patch provides inspirational, often first-time, design-rich theatre experiences to amazingly diverse audiences. Each year, we perform to 40,000 children, including many from disadvantaged backgrounds.
After premiering new works in Adelaide, Patch tours extensively regionally and nationally (for which we have Australia Council National Touring status) each year. International touring has continued to grow, as we add to over 30 seasons across the USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
With a broad range of inspiration, from storybooks to science and beyond, light is an integral part of our work. It plays a strong role in the way we tell our stories, providing audiences with an opportunity to join us on a journey of curiosity and delight.
Building on our highly regarded heritage, we are looking to create a future that celebrates big ideas – ideas that explore some of the world’s inexplicable questions from a child’s point of view.
Our works explore the way that children see the world, acknowledging the relevance of their thinking with stories that promote imagination, wonder and discovery.
In addition to theatrical works, we develop new installation work using light, including interactive, immersive installations that are created in non-traditional theatre spaces for the whole family. These works encapsulate the exciting new direction at Patch – where the use of light offers magical audience experiences.
Patch Theatre is a multi-award-winning company, including two Helpmann Awards for best presentation for children, a Victor Award (International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase award), two Ruby Awards (South Australian arts awards) as well as touring and innovation awards.