Patch Theatre’s international reputation for excellence has seen it invited to perform at the Goyang Cultural Foundation’s International Children’s Festival in Seoul next month.
Patch, which has been entertaining South Australian youngsters for more than 30 years, is one of a handful of children’s theatre companies from around the world specially invited to the South Korean capital to take part.
“It’s great to be invited to major international events like this,” said Patch’s long-time Artistic Director, Dave Brown.
“In a way it’s a pat on the back for everyone here - people are saying they respect our work.”
Patch’s travelling contingent will fly out of Adelaide on 28 April to perform at the festival from 2-6 May.
Patch will be performing Special Delivery - a comic fable about a busy deliveryman, a trolley load of boxes and the world that opens up when a door stays shut.
“Special Delivery is perfect because there are no words – nobody speaks. There are surprises, magic and humour, things that are universal, so it doesn’t matter if the children are from Seoul, Strasbourg or Semaphore,” Dave said.
This is the second time Patch has been invited to South Korea, repeating a visit in 2003. Over the past 10 years Patch has taken part in children’s festivals in Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Auckland, St Paul, Edmonton, New York and Washington.
Shortly prior to departing for Seoul, Patch will be performing Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff at the Sydney Opera House.