Enchanting illumination and mystical darkness will unfold as Patch Theatre’s creation ZOOOM opens at Dubbo Regional Theatre on Friday 25 June at 10am. The popular light show will also be running again at 1pm, with Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) offering a special ticket discount for the later show.
Using original music, lasers and projections, ZOOOM is an exciting work by Patch’s Artistic Director and lighting expert, Geoff Cobham. Inspired by Crockett Johnson’s much-loved children’s picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon, the high-end production takes the audience on a transformational journey with light and discovers that the dark can be a magical place. The Artistic Director Geoff Cobham says the show is best suited to 4-10 year-old audiences, and is about more than just entertaining children.
“I wanted to create a show for our 4-10 year-old audiences that was continuing the legacy of our production company Patch, to produce work that is utterly engaging, explores big ideas and takes young imaginations to a whole other place. Children of this age are such a capable audience, and we know from our work with early childhood educators that children in the 4-8 year age range are forming abstract thoughts. Their ability to pretend, and the scope of their imagination fascinates me, and I think it’s important to nurture and challenge that through the arts,” said Ms Cobham.
ZOOOM is a captivating story of a child alone in her bedroom, unable to sleep and curious to understand. When a lost star arrives in the middle of the night, adventures happen and with the assistance of the audience, the young girl discovers a community of people who can help her return the star home. Audience members are invited to ‘bring a piece of the dark’ to the show, which will be exchanged for their own personal light.
“The theatre itself will have an element of darkness to it when the children first enter, so each child receives their own interactive light, which will aid as a little spark that keeps them safe, and helps guide them through the interactive sessions of the show. We want to demonstrate how the dark can be a magical place where dreams are made, and that light is at its most beautiful when it’s surrounded by darkness,” he said.
Manager, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Linda Christof, said, “This is an energising production to end the school term with. As 25 June is a Pupil-Free Day for public schools, we are offering a special Pupil-Free Day Ticket Promotion for the 1pm performance. All tickets are capped at the youth price of $21 each. So if you are stuck for an idea to entertain the kids on the last day of term and want to get them excited about the school holidays, bring them to ZOOOM! We encourage parents/carers to use their remaining Discover Vouchers for this special ticket offer”.