Patch's 2021 in Review

December 21st, 2021

Check Out Our 2021 Achievements

2021 sure was a rollercoaster – premiering new work, presenting at some unexpected venues and touring interstate all between border closures and lockdowns.

We toured Australia with ZOOOM

Children at DreamBIG Children’s Festival in Adelaide, regional Victoria and NSW helped to guide a lost star home in ZOOOM.

This much loved work was booked to tour from May to September, however, border restrictions and lockdowns saw the ZOOOM tour halt not once, but twice with 54 performances across 13 venues unable to be staged. We can’t wait to get ZOOOM back on the road in 2022!

ZOOOM also won its second award – 2021 Ruby Award for Best Work, Event or Project for Young People.

Photo by Matt Byrne

Photo courtesy of Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Photo by Matt Byrne

The Lighthouse premiered to a sold out audience at Arts Centre Melbourne

This magical interactive light and sound wonderland delighted Victorian audiences as they explored hands on the endless wonders of light in The Lighthouse. Families and students were treated to a one-of-a-kind experience as the promenade performance transformed backstage nooks and crannies at Arts Centre Melbourne.

“Today all my dreams came true!” – Stage Whispers

Photos by Mark Gambino

We created and toured I Wish…

An exciting collaboration with renowned South Australian circus company Gravity and Other Myths, I Wish… moved from creative development to centre stage in an acrobatic exploration of all the things we could be. After an Adelaide season at the Festival Centre, schools in Noarlunga, Port Pirie, Renmark, Whyalla, Mt Gambier, Tanunda, and Golden Grove were treated to colour-filled performances.

“received enthusiastically by the audience, particularly children, as laughter and wonderment fill the theatre” – InReview

With support from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, 2,701 tickets were subsidised for disadvantaged students from 49 schools.

Photos by Andrew Beveridge

Sea of Light premiered at Illuminate Adelaide

Designed for the inaugural Illuminate Adelaide and Art Gallery of South Australia to engage young audiences with the exhibition Dušan and Voitre Marek: Surrealists at sea, Sea of Light saw children paint in light at an immensely popular interactive installation.

“Today was our second won’t be our last!“ – Mum

An expanded version of Sea of Light, that dives under the surface into an underwater world opens at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on Boxing Day.

Photos by Matt Byrne

We developed and trialled Spark

We took Spark – an off stage arts exploration – to classrooms and libraries in a series of developments and trials. Several artists devised a series of interactive theatre experiences for young people and these will be ready to book on demand direct to the classroom in 2022.

We’re grateful for the John T Reid Charitable Trust’s support to enable the development of Spark.

We collaborated with Restless Dance Theatre

We held the first of three creative developments with Restless Dance Theatre to devise our 2022 in theatre work Home. Bringing together a stellar creative team including Geoff Cobham, Daisy Brown, Michelle Ryan, Roz Hervey, Jason Sweeney, Michelle Delaney, Temeka Lawlor and the Restless ensemble, the school season is already selling fast!

Photos by Sam Roberts

We celebrate 50 years in 2022

We launched our exciting 2022 program and 50th giving appeal.

As Patch turns 50 in 2022, we invite you to join us in celebrating this important milestone by contributing to the making of new exciting experiences, allowing our young audiences to see the world around them in a new light.


What is Patch but the people? We want to hear from you! Being 50 years old means 2 million children have experienced a Patch performance. We want to hear about your experience. Share it with us.

Image: Patch’s original office as Little Patch in 1972.