Patch Theatre create visually captivating performances for 4-8 year olds, exploring how children see the world. Their works place children at the centre of the performance, promoting imagination, wonder and discovery.
Patch's theatre works are interactive, inviting children to participate in the experience. In ZOOOM, children guide a lost star home using their own handheld lights; I Wish encourages children to explore their unique feelings and personalities, and Home takes children on an exciting adventure to mysterious new worlds as they create the ever-changing set.
In addition to theatrical works, Patch create interactive installations and in-school performances. Interactive installations provide unique arts experiences to a broad range of young audiences and their families, inviting them into forests of light, on underwater adventures and more. In-school experiences allow students to experience the magic of live theatre in the classroom with storytelling, light painting and more.
Patch has been making exceptional children's theatre from their home in South Australia since 1972. Patch have produced over 100 unique works and performed to more than 2 million children around the world they have delighted audiences in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and more. Patch provide inspirational, design-rich theatre experiences to over 40,000 children each year.
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Artistic Director, Patch Theatre
Geoff Cobham is one of Australia’s leading culture professionals with over 40 years’ experience collaborating in all forms of theatre.
His artistic reputation both nationally and internationally comes from an outstanding multi-award-winning career working with several of Australia’s foremost arts organisations and events. He spent ten years as Associate Director of dance theatre Force Majeure, five years as resident designer at State Theatre Company South Australia and has worked in senior management roles at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and WOMAD.
Geoff founded Bluebottle in 1998, an award-winning lighting design company which integrates outstanding lighting design into theatres, galleries, installations, architecture, exhibitions and music.
He has a long and notable history with Patch Theatre, having worked on a variety of productions including The Fastest Boy, Emily Loves to Bounce and Me & My Shadow before taking the reins as Artistic Director in 2018. Over the past three years Geoff has created in-theatre works ZOOOM and I Wish… and installation works Firefly Forest, Glow, The Lighthouse, Mirror Mirror, and Sea of Light, and in 2022 will premiere a new in-theatre work Home, created in collaboration with Restless Dance in 2022.