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2023 AWESOME Festival Presents: Sea of Light
Patch Theatre

2023 AWESOME Festival Presents: Sea of Light –Patch Theatre

Embark on a journey of imagination in this illuminating interactive installation by Patch Theatre. With a UV torch as your paintbrush, paint and stencil your own voyage. Steer ships that leave glowing paths of light in their wake as you sail them across the sea floor. 

Sea of Light creates magic through light and sound to deliver a unique adventure for the whole family. 

As you explore Sea of Light, look out for artworks by contemporary Aboriginal artist Elizabeth Yanyi Close that are painted in light across the sea floor. These paintings speak to the connection between land and sea, the earth and waterways. They reflect the deep relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with Country.   

Event Notes

  • Accessibility: The AWESOME Festival takes place within the Perth Cultural Centre and surrounding cultural institutions. All venues are wheelchair accessible, however, if you have specific access requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact AWESOME Festival at (08) 9328 9666 
  • Age Recommendation: Suitable for kids ages 0–6 
  • Genre: Visual Arts/Digital Installation 
  • Duration: 30 minutes


Tuesday 26 September
Wednesday 27 September
Thursday 28 September
Friday 29 September
Saturday 30 September

Sessions run at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

About the Artist

Patch Theatre has been making professional theatre for 4–8 year old children and their families from their home in South Australia since 1972. Patch Theatre have produced over 100 unique works and performed to over 2 million children around the world. They provide inspirational, design-rich theatre experiences to over 40,000 children each year. 

Geoff Cobham (Creator)- is the artistic director of Patch theatre and one of Australia’s leading culture professionals with over 40 years’ experience collaborating in all forms of theatre. His artistic reputation both nationally and internationally comes from an outstanding multi-award-winning career working with several of Australia’s foremost arts organisations and events. 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.  

Michelle ‘Maddog’ Delaney (Creator) – is Maker in Residence at Patch Theatre and has co-designed all of Patch’s shows since 2019. She has worked as a designer, production manager, builder, scenic artist, stage manager, sourcer and sorcerer for major companies, festivals and independent artists. She likes nothing better than working in great teams to produce beautiful experiences. Her design credits include Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2018–2021, Dark Mofo 2018 & 2019, Adelaide Festival 2013–2016, Darwin Festival 2010– 2015, Adelaide Fringe 2007–2009, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012, Red Sky Morning – State Theatre Company of South Australia (2016), and co-design with Meg Wilson on Life is Short and Long – Emma Beech and Vitalstatistix (2016).  

Elizabeth Yanyi Close (visual artist) is an Anangu woman from the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Language Groups, whose family links are to the communities of Pukutja and Amata in the APY Lands. In Sea of Light her artworks are painted in light across the sea floor. These paintings speak to the connection between land and sea, the earth and waterways and are informed by the diversity of the Australian landscape. They also reflect the deep relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia have with Country. Elizabeth worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of a busy Adelaide Metropolitan Hospital for a decade, while using art as a means of processing the intergenerational trauma and its impact on her family. Her practice organically grew as she balanced nursing, art and motherhood. 

Jason Sweeney (composer) – has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and organisations as well as directing and creating a number of his own interactive works for the internet and participatory community engagement projects for galleries and theatre spaces. As a composer of electronic music, he has also been releasing music internationally with Panoptique Electrical and solo project Sweeney. Over the last few years Jason has completed a trilogy of research sound-based works focused on quietness and urban ecologies, including major projects Stereopublic: Crowdsourcing the Quiet which won a TED City2.0 Prize and the research odyssey, Quiet Ecology. In 2021 he released the major double album retrospective Decades (2001-2021). 

Wendy Todd (Boatmaker) – has done set and costume design for a variety of performing arts companies and has done everything else from site co-ordination to prop maker and scenic artist.  

 Jimmy Dodd (Boatmaker) 

 Seana O’Brien (Fabric Wizard) 


Presented by the 2023 AWESOME Festival  

The touring of this interactive installation work would not be possible without partners: Government of South Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. 

 The originalSeaofLightwas commissioned bythe Art Gallery of South Australia and Illuminate Adelaide in 2021.