Can You Hear Colour?

A kaleidoscopic opera for children.

What if your paint box sang to you? To some, the key of C major is red, to others definitely white. It's commonplace to talk about a 'colourful' score, but for some it's literally true. What if you were born with this strange gift? Would your paintings harmonize agreeably or turn into a scary brown discordant mess? And how would you feel if the colours on the notes of your xylophone were 'wrong'?

Patch Theatre Company's new piece, conceived by Naomi Edwards and composed by Alan John, is an exploration of what music is and an invitation to take time to listen and learn from those who inhabit unfamiliar worlds, and experience life in new ways.

Can You Hear Colour? is an operatic visual poem that promises to delight children, 4+ and their families. Weaving together children's love of colour and music, this sensory adventure celebrates the unique way we each see, hear and share our world.

Featuring the splendid vocals of Michaela Burger (Rumpelstiltskin) and Bethany Hill (Saul).

You'll come out humming the rainbow.

National Tour 2019

Fabulous Tweet from Channel 7 News, Tuesday 6th March - have a look!


Collaboratively created by Naomi Edwards, Alan John, Kathryn Sproul, Ben Flett, Michaela Burger, Bethany Hill and Sally Hardy with Nathan O'Keefe, Tim Overton and Chris Petridis.
Director Naomi Edwards
Composer Alan John
Performers Michaela Burger, Bethany Hill, Alan John
Set & Costume Designer Kathryn Sproul
Lighting Designer Ben Flett
Dramaturge Sally Hardy
Research Associates Associate Professor Anina Rich, Synaesthesia Research Centre, Macquarie University & Professor Margaret Barrett, Head of Music, University of Queensland.
Production Manager Bob Weatherly
Stage Manager Mark Heuer
Technical Manager Aaron Herczeg
Musicians Mitch Berick, Rob Wallace & Owen Morris
Michaela Burger, Performer
Bethany Hill, Performer
Alan John, Composer, Performer
Naomi Edwards
Kathryn Sproul, Set & Costume Designer
Ben Flett, Lighting Designer
Sally Hardy, Dramaturge
Bob Weatherly, Production Manager
Aaron Herczeg
Mark Heuer, Stage Manager

Radio Adelaide with Tom Mann: Interview with Naomi Edwards.

ABC Radio, Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff: Interview with Naomi Edwards

5AA Radio Leith Forrest: Interview with Naomi edwards

Cheep Cheep: Composer Alan John. Performers: Michaela Burger & Bethany Hill

Kookachoo: Composer Alan John. Performers: Michaela Burger & Bethany Hill

HooHoo: Composer lan John. Performers: Michaela Burger & Bethany Hill