Me & My Shadow by Patch Theatre – Review
by Carla Caruso
Been a while since you’ve gone to a theatre show, care of COVID-19? Well, now’s the time to revel again in that feeling of sitting among other art lovers in a darkened theatre as colour and action unfold onstage – with groups socially distanced, of course.
Adelaide kid-friendly company Patch Theatre is back with its show, Me & My Shadow, at the Adelaide Festival Centre until 29 August 2020.
It’s the 10-year anniversary for the multi-award-winning production, which has toured overseas before. So, you know you’re in good hands.
The two-person show brings together aspects of childhood that many adults would relate to, but some of today’s screen-obsessed kids, sadly, might be less familiar with – paper dolls, shadow puppetry, and craft with cardboard boxes and paper bags.
Whimsical, pared-back fun
The magical tale follows a girl who befriends her shadow (played by a male actor), in an imaginative and physical theatre performance that’s quirky and clever.
Of course, making friends with one’s shadow proves a tricky business. There are things to sort out and problems to solve, as well as adventures and laughter to be had. The ‘visual poem’ is a good exploration of the trials and joys of friendship.
It’s pitched at those aged four to eight, and there was a lot of excitement and laughter at our show particularly from the younger age bracket.
My twin boys, aged seven, loved the bits where stick figures appeared to be magically spray-painted on the plastic backdrops, and when paper bags seemed to move of their own accord (perhaps helped by some under the stage trickery).
The length of the show suits children’s attention spans at 45 minutes, keeping them entertained without the chance of them becoming bored.
Following its Adelaide season, Patch will embark on a seven-venue regional tour of the show.
For more information, please visit the Patch Theatre website.
What: Me & My Shadow Patch Theatre show | Review
When: Saturday 15, 22 & 29 August, 2020 | 11am & 2pm
Where: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre | King William Rd, Adelaide
Who: Recommended for kids aged 4-8, and their parents/caregivers
All photos supplied by Patch Theatre
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