South Australia’s renowned children’s theatre company Patch has received another major honour, winning a Ruby Award for its Sustained Contribution to the Arts.
The Ruby Awards are South Australia’s premier Arts and Cultural awards.
“This is remarkable,” said Patch’s Artistic Director, Dave Brown, who has been with the company for 15 years.
“Creating one great work is something to be proud of but Patch has been doing great work now for 37 years. That’s more than 100 different shows and a total audience of something like 1.5 million.
“To maintain high standards over such a long period is the real test and to see that hard work and skill recognised is very rewarding.
“South Australia has a world-renowned youth arts sector, because governments and policy makers here understand the huge importance of the arts in the development and enrichment of children’s lives.
“Dame Ruby was an important advocate in the evolution of the youth arts practice in South Australia and she would have been thrilled to have Patch win an award in her name. “
Patch’s Ruby is the latest of a number of major Arts awards won by the company.
Last year Patch was awarded a Helpmann, Australia’s version of the Oscars, for the Best Presentation for Children (Mr McGee and the Biting Flea) and was also presented with the 2008 Drovers Touring Legend Award by the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.
In 2007, Patch won the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Innovation.