If you could be anyone in the Patch team for a day, who would you be and why?
That is too hard a question…. It would be fascinating to see light and movement through the eyes of Geoff, or to muck around with putting stuff together with the ingenuity and design eye of Maddog as I’ve seen how much delight their work offers children.
What is your favourite Patch show?
Again, I can’t choose just one – I’d have to go for two. Of the most recent shows, I just love the vibrant physicality of I Wish…, it opens so many possible worlds of emotional feeling for children; and of the earlier shows I can’t go past Me & My Shadow, I’ve seen it so many times, but it always feels fresh and magical. Both shows represent big powerful ideas, framed simply to be accessible to different ages and viewpoints. They are perfect for the early childhood audience but go far beyond this audience because they are just excellent theatre.
Why is children’s theatre important?
Children’s theatre is critical to acknowledge and foster the power of imagination. Imagination helps us to see how things could be different which is not just about fun, it is a powerful idea for democracy. We can’t change the world for the better without imagining how a better world may be.