Our Story

Patch Theatre has been making shows for 4-8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. In our 47 years, we’ve made 109 much loved theatre works and performed to over 1.8 million children around the world.

 
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Image credit: Sam Oster

Image credit: Sam Oster

Image credit: Sam Oster

Image credit: Sam Oster

 

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 continues to grow, as we add to over 30 seasons across the USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.


 

In 2019, Patch has embarked on an exciting new direction under the leadership of Geoff Cobham (Artistic Director) and Teena Munn (Producer), focussing on a reimagined style of design rich theatrical experiences that put children and their curiosity first.

 

Imagination • Wonder • Discovery


 
Image credit: Sam Oster

Image credit: Sam Oster

 

A CHILD’S POINT OF VIEW Since 1972

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.


 
Image credit: Sam Oster

Image credit: Sam Oster

 

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.


 
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In addition to theatrical works we’re developing new installation work using light, including interactive, immersive installations that can be 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.


 

Acknowledgement of country

Patch Theatre acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which our company is located, and extend our respects to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia and the First Nations peoples throughout the world as the traditional custodians of the lands on which we make and perform our art.

We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future. Patch Theatre is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and all First Nation people's unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.