philosophy

at patch, we make theatre experiences that allow children to transcend the ordinariness of daily life...

We seek to provoke, tickle, prod and beguile children with performances that celebrate the experience of childhood, the joys of play, the whims of the imagination, the struggle to make meaning and the challenge of growing and developing through the most complex and telling phase of their lives.

'Many things can wait; the child cannot. Now is the time their bones are being formed. Now is the time their minds are being developed. To them we cannot say tomorrow. Their name is today.' Gabriella Mistral

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Our theatre experiences for children provide an antidote to the clutter, banality and allure of commercial culture.

The commercial imperative has replaced the creative spirit. We now have a generation of kids who believe that unless it’s for sale it’s not worth having. Noni Hazlehurst

In a culture pre-occupied with the material world, the theatre we make offers a powerful connection to the inner lives of children. We provide a place where children can share transforming experiences that sustain them with the joys and insights that connect with those qualities that make us human.

Children can be encouraged to grow, develop and participate in the world if we expose them to beauty, truth and the power of their imagination. Noni Hazelhurst

The theatre we create for children seeks optimism in humanity and honours the spirit of resilience that can endure and overcome difficulties.

Our objective? Simple yet wondrous theatre experiences that are deeply rendered at a child’s level of comprehension and perspective. Elegant simplicity!

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonard Da Vinci

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