‘A well-designed visual treat for the young and the young at heart.’
'A completely illuminating experience.'
A Perth Festival Commission
Explore the endless wonders of light at Patch’s Lighthouse and take an immersive journey throughout The University of Western Australia’s theatres.
Designed for all ages, this house of marvels is full of intimate vignettes and grand lighting marvels. A series of interconnected rooms awaits, each full of hands-on experiences that explore a different property of that elusive yet fundamental force of nature – light.
Patch’s Lighthouse is a conversation with the universe. It exists at the intersection of science and art, sparking curiosity at the world around us. Through its innovative use of light, sound, perspective and reflection, this performance encourages you to engage, experiment and explore.
Part installation, part scientific quest, part rave Patch’s Lighthouse offers the kind of magic that only interactive theatre can.
Originally created by
Geoff Cobham, Zoë Barry, Daisy Brown, Michelle ‘Maddog’ Delaney, Clara Grant, Marty McBubble, Chris Petridis, Jason Sweeney, Wendy Todd, Meg Wilson
Daisy Sanders, Ella Hetherington, Jacob Lehrer & Manjula Radha Krishnan
To make a school booking please visit this page and fill out the form.
Geoff Cobham - Creator
Geoff Cobham is one of Australia’s leading culture professionals with over 40 years’ experience collaborating in all forms of theatre. 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 award-winning lighting design company Bluebottle in 1998 and following a long and notable history with Patch Theatre, was appointed Artistic Director in 2018. As Artistic Director he has created ZOOOM, Firefly Forest, Glow, Sea of Light and The Lighthouse, together with I Wish... which premiered in 2021.
Zoë Barry - Creator
Zoë Barry is a composer, cellist, sound artist and performance maker. She collaboratively creates work across theatre, site specific installation, galleries, film, bands and chamber music. She is interested in ways of gathering, ways of connecting, and group meaning-making. She explores ways of amplifying quiet voices through sound work that is text-based and immersive, and in her music she explores concepts of atmospherics, disturbance and slowness.
Zoë consults with arts institutions on ways sound can be used to guide audience experiences in slowing down and noticing. She is a member of RMIT’s CrImp Lab, and is an ARIA nominated music teacher, as Director of Harmony in Strings, an innovative strings instrumental program. Zoë has a long relationship with Patch Theatre, having co-created and performed in Emily Loves to Bounce and composer for Me & My Shadow.
Patch Theatre have been making professional theatre for 4–10-year-old children and their families from their home in South Australia since 1972. They’ve produced 112 unique works and performed them to over 1.85 million children around the world. That’s over 40,000 children each year that they provide inspirational, design-rich theatre experiences to.
In addition to theatrical works, Patch Theatre develop interactive design led, immersive installations in non-traditional theatre spaces for the whole family. These installations are an exciting new direction for Patch and allows them to connect to a wider audience.
With a broad range of inspiration from storybooks to science and beyond, light is an integral part of their work. It plays a strong role in the way they tell stories and provide audiences with an opportunity to join them on a journey of curiosity and delight.
After premiering new works in Adelaide, Patch tours extensively in regional South Australia and nationally each year. They’ve performed in over 90 towns and cities around Australia, and internationally have completed over 30 tours in countries including the USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
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|Time & Location||
15 – 20 Feb
Tue 15 – Sun 20 Feb Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley / Godroo
Eligible for package discount
Tue 15 – Fri 18 Feb
Sat 19 & Sun 20 Feb
Contains haze, laser and lighting effects
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It's a condition of entry to register your attendance at our venues.
Suitable for Primary School age students
To make a booking for your school please visit our Schools Booking page.
- Mark Gambino, Matt Byrne
- This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Out of the Box Festival and Perth Festival