Patch's 2023 Program

December 1st, 2022

Message from the Artistic Director

Geoff Cobham

I’m so proud of the exceptional body of work that we have created over the past three years. The Patch team and I are thrilled to be sharing our interactive performances, experiences, and workshops with children across Australia and internationally in 2023.

You will notice our works fall into three key streams – in-theatre, in-school, and interactive installation – these streams tell you what the works are and where they are performed. Our work comes in many scales, from a 20-student classroom experience to a performance to 800 children in a main stage theatre. The technology we use also varies from sophisticated computer-controlled lighting and animation to simple soap bubbles and mist.

Our interactive installations for non-theatre environments are already in high demand as demonstrated by the resounding success of The Lighthouse and Sea of Light. We are extremely excited by the success of these works and plan to create more interactive installations and further develop our connection with galleries, museums, and lighting festivals.

In 2023 I am looking forward to sharing ZOOOM with the world as it embarks on its North American tour, but also can’t wait to see our new in-school experiences – Spark – in South Australian schools. It means so much that we can bring performances directly to children who would otherwise not experience the magic of theatre.

All our works involve profound collaborations with many and varied artists: actors, dancers, acrobats, Indigenous visual artists, composers, builders, technicians, and even bubbleologists. I thank each and every one of the creatives who contributed to (or will contribute to) our 2023 season – we couldn’t do it without you.

I Wish...

at Arts Centre Melbourne

I Wish... is coming to Melbourne! We can't wait to bring this acrobatic adventure back to the stage at Arts Centre Melbourne in January 2023.

I Wish... is a collaboration with Gravity and Other Myths combining physical theatre and stunning visuals to reveal the magic of individuality.

18–21 January – Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC

Sea of Light

Australian tour

We invite families to paint voyages in light as our interactive installation travels across the country.

Sea of Light brings together magical light and a gentle soundscape to create a unique adventure for the whole family.

14–29 January – Melbourne, VIC
3–19 March – Ten Days on the Island, Ulverstone, TAS
13–18 April – Gold Coast, QLD
5–14 May – Melbourne, VIC
17–26 May – DreamBIG Children's Festival, Adelaide, SA
19–20 May – Cairns, QLD
6–10 June – Outer Metro Adelaide, SA


US & Canada tour and South Australia tour

ZOOOM is set to light up stages across the globe in 2023 as it travels to the US and Canada before returning to South Australia for performances in Adelaide and regional SA.

Using original music, lasers and projections, ZOOOM brings the audience on an adventure to help a lost star find its way home.

USA & Canada
28–29 March – Burlington, USA
4–7 April – Kalamazoo, USA
14–15 April – Millersville, USA
26 April – 7 May – Manitoba, Canada
11–14 May – Ottawa, Canada
20–26 May – Toronto, Canada
30 May – 4 June – Vancouver, Canada

South Australia
1–19 August – Adelaide, SA
22–25 August – Noarlunga, SA
29 August – Renmark, SA
1 September – Mount Gambier, SA
5 September – Port Pirie, SA
7 September – Whyalla, SA


South Australian Schools

We bring the magic of theatre to the classroom with our in-school Spark experiences Once Upon a Jar, Light Painting, and Bloom.

From storytelling to scavenger hunts, performance provocations and dazzling light and technology-based learning, Spark inspires and engages students while providing a live performance experience and innovative hands-on activities.

March – Adelaide Fringe, SA
17–21 April – Adelaide Metro libraries
Year-Round – Regional & Metro schools , SA

Spark: Once Upon a Jar

Spark: Light Painting

Spark: Bloom

Works in Development


A child-driven discovery of time, scale and perspective.

Created in collaboration with the South Australian Museum (SAM), Timeline is a unique interactive experience for children and their families. Entering in small groups, each child will use a magical sphere of light to explore a three-dimensional timeline that snakes through the exhibition space.

Children shine their lights on silhouettes to create giant shadows and glowing surprises. The interactive timeline explores life from the big bang to today and beyond into imagined futures.

New Works for 2024

Project 1

This new work will celebrate 150 years of The University of Adelaide and imagine the next 150 years through the eyes of children. A series of interactive installations and participatory promenade experiences for children and their families will be presented in unexpected spaces around the University.

Project 2

In December 2023 we will begin a creative development of a new interactive theatre work for 4–10 year old children, to premiere in South Australia in 2024.