Portal to other worlds with this interactive live theater performance for children • Glam Adelaide

Written by Simon Lancione

Photograph by Matt Bryne

How do others live? What kind of houses do they live in? How do you live in an igloo or a boat? For children, these questions are incredibly exciting and a collaborative live theater performance of Theater patch and Restless dance theater called Housewill take audiences to magical and mysterious new worlds exploring the concept of what a home can be.

Patch Theatre, which turns 50 this year, creates theater for 4-10 year olds, while Restless Dance Theater creates live performances working with people with and without disabilities.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Patch Theater Artistic Director Geoff Cobham and Restless Dance Theater Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, to talk about their inspiration for the work.

“[Children] are fascinated with other people’s homes, other animals’ homes and I guess that’s what we’re interested in, which is the differences between people and the variations in how people live,” says Cobham.

The performance revolves around a magical yellow door that acts as a portal, taking the audience and their imagination into other worlds. The set gives young viewers the opportunity to experience life in other people’s homes and engage with the show itself by coming on stage with chalk and incorporating their own ideas into the performance. Each performance will be different as children contribute to the ever-changing ensemble.

“A few children are chosen to come up and draw on an illustrative panel which is projected onto the backdrop so that the children actually create and modify the backdrop in real time. It gives the kids the opportunity to be involved in the show, where they feel part of the creative process and it’s great for us to give them that sense of drama,” says Cobham.

As Australia’s leading creator of dance theater for dancers with and without disabilities, Restless is proud to celebrate diversity. Michelle Ryan explained how the collaboration came about.

“When Geoff approached us about doing a collaboration, it was a really wonderful opportunity to put two of our performers on stage in front of a young audience, it’s important for young people to see this diversity from an early age,” says Ryan.

“Because a snapshot of our society is in the audience, reflecting that on stage is key, it’s really important to have representation on stage.

“HOME is about making great art with a collaborative team that puts kids at the center of the performance. The work is not about disability but highlights two fabulous artists working together in a theatrical context.

Home features original music, animations and projections as well as dance, puppetry and sculpture. The finely tuned show is set to enlighten and delight over 10,000 children and their adults with a season in Adelaide and Noarlunga, before touring through regional South Australia in August and September.

Home opens at the Space Theater on Saturday August 13 and runs until August 20, then tours Noarlunga on Saturday August 27 before heading to Renmark, Mt Gambier, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

For more information or to book tickets, Click here.




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