I Wish… | Patch Theatre | Adelaide Festival Centre | Review

Image credit | Darcy Grant, 2021

A fun-filled acrobatic exploration of emotions & imagination

by Sharon Harrington

Beloved children’s theatre specialists, Patch Theatre, have collaborated with renowned circus company, Gravity & Other Myths, to create an acrobatic exploration of our personalities, emotions and all the things we could be.

This gorgeous production creates an immersive experience right from the entrance to the theatre. Neon rainbow lights illuminate the darkened playhouse and light up bright clothing. Sci-fi inspired sounds create the sense that we are about to embark on a mission into outer space.

As the show begins, we meet our four heroes, who are bathed in a glow of coloured light and zoomed into space. We get to know them through a series of fun dance moves, somersaults, and stories about their emotions and imagination.

Image credit | Darcy Grant, 2021

Coloured light, physical theatre and perfectly timed sounds are cleverly used to demonstrate how the characters work their way through emotions such as anxiety, feeling tongue-tied and loneliness. After emotions are explored, the characters explore all the things they could be, like a unicorn, or a bird or anything they can imagine!

Children in the audience loved this show for the crazy somersaults, rainbow waves of light, and the opportunity to become a part of the show through charades and helping characters to feel better when they are sad. They also loved the silly fart and vomit sounds which were timed perfectly with flickering lights. My little four year old declared this show to be “amazing!”

I Wish… is a visually stunning spectacle of lights, circus feats and self-exploration.  Check it out at the Adelaide Festival Centre until 28 August 2021.


What we like about I Wish…

  • Neon rainbow lights and sci-fi vibe
  • Fun acrobatics and dance moves
  • Audience participation
  • Life lessons on dealing with emotions

Things to consider

  • Consider whether haze and lighting effects are suitable for you and your children

Read more about ‘I Wish…’ here

Coffee and food options nearby

  • Lounders Boatshed Cafe is a great little riverside cafe and is just a short stroll away. Read Play & Go’s review here.  



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What:  I Wish… by Patch Theatre and Gravity & Other Myths

When:  Adelaide Space Theatre: Friday 13 & Saturday 14, Friday 20 & Saturday 21, Friday 27 & Saturday 28 August 2021 | Noarlunga (Hopgood Theatre): Friday 3 & Saturday 4 September  2021

Where:   Adelaide Festival Theatre Space Theatre (King William St, Adelaide) & Hopgood Theatre (Ramsay Pl, Noarlunga Centre)

Where:  Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Who: 4–12 Year Olds

Image credit: Darcy Grant, 2021 

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