Inspired by the iconic children’s book Harold and The Purple Crayon, ZOOOM is a story about a child who makes sense of their world through art with music, lasers and projections for a heartfelt and immersive performance.
ZOOOM begins at home or in the classroom, as we invite our audience to “bring a piece of dark*” to the show. Upon arrival, their dark is exchanged for their own personal light – a little spark that will keep them safe and guide them through the interactive performance.
* Examples of dark include:
- Children reaching in dark places in their pockets, hats, sleeves, and socks.
- Stories, songs, and ideas inspired by the dark.
- Arts and crafts creations. Anything goes, please be as plastic-free and eco-friendly as possible through up-cycling when bringing in your piece of dark.
- Children can join forces and bring in a piece of dark together as well.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
About Patch Theatre
Patch Theatre, an institution of professional theatre for children and their families in Australia since 1972, provides inspirational and design-rich works for over two million children worldwide.
About Angus Leighton
Angus Leighton graduated from Adelaide College of Arts, attaining his Advanced Diploma in Acting in 2017. Securing various roles in TV and theatre, Leighton starred in Duncan Graham’s One Long Night in the Land of Nod during Fringe Festival 2018, Chris Isaac’s Flodin in 2019 with the Cabbages and Kings Collective and Especially on Birthdays with The Paper Boats in 2021, all of which won Fringe Weekly Awards in their respective years.
He has performed live shows with Act Now Theatre Company to school audiences and undertaken creative developments with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Slingsby Theatre Company.
Leighton appeared in Season three of Matchbox Pictures’ and Channel 7’s Wanted, and he has worked with ABC and Kojo Studios in Gruen XL and appeared in the short film Aquaphobe which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2020.
Leighton’s prior credits with the Patch Theatre company include a national tour of Me and My Shadowing (2019) and the premiere season of ZOOOM (2019).
About Geoff Cobham
Geoff Cobham is one of Australia’s leading culture professionals with over 40 years of experience collaborating in all forms of theatre.
His artistic reputation comes from an outstanding multi-award-winning career working with several of Australia’s foremost arts organizations and events. Cobham spent ten years as Associate Director of Force Majeure, five years as a resident designer at State Theatre Company South Australia and has worked in senior management roles at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and WOMAD.
He founded Bluebottle in 1998, an award-winning design company that integrates outstanding lighting design into theatres, galleries, installations, architecture, exhibitions and music. He has a long history with Patch Theatre, having worked on various productions, including The Fastest Boy, Emily Loves to Bounce and Me & My Shadow, before taking the reins as Artistic Director in 2018. Over the past three years, he has created ZOOOM and I Wish in-theatre works. Installation works include Firefly Forest, Glow, The Lighthouse, Mirror Mirror and Sea of Light. In 2022, Cobham will premiere a new in-theatre work, Home, created in collaboration with Restless Dance.
About Temeka Lawlor
Temeka Lawlor is a highly skilled theatremaker and performer based in Adelaide, Australia. Since acquiring her Advanced Diploma of Acting from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2017, Lawlor has created and performed in award-winning theatre productions, touring regionally and nationally.
She co-created and starred in Patch Theatre’s ZOOOM and co-created Home. She has toured with the company, performing both ZOOOM and Me & My Shadow.
In 2018, Lawlor performed in the debut of Waxing Lyrical’s Hannah and toured regional Australia with Splash Theatre’s The Book Show. She was part of the original ensemble for The PaperBoats award-winning show, Especially on Birthdays, directed by Dave Brown. Lawlor performed the piece to regional communities in 2020 and 2021 and was awarded Best Children’s Show at the Adelaide Fringe in 2021.
In 2022 Lawlor was appointed Associate Artistic Director of The PaperBoats and began developing her own new show titled Precious Things, which will hold its debut season in 2023.
She also practices and teaches yoga to complement her interests in performing and physical theatre.
Cast and Crew
Creators Geoff Cobham, Dave Brown, Roz Hervey, Temeka Lawlor, Angus Leighton
Composer Jason Sweeney Designer Michelle ‘Maddog’ Delaney Technical Designers Chris Petridis, Alexander Hatchard Animation Luku
Touring Company Cast Temeka Lawlor, Angus Leighton Assistant Stage Manager Liam Ormsby Touring Company Manager Briony Hunt Technician Alex Hatchard
The performance on Sunday, May 21 will be presented as a Relaxed Performance, including a Fact Sheet and Chill Out Space.
Access the Relaxed Guide here (20 MB).
Dates & Times
3pm – Relaxed Performance
Contains Fog and Strobe Lights.
207 Queens Quay West
Follow signs and take escalator or elevator
Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Child Ticket under 12: $10
Adult Ticket 13+: $18
Adult Ticket 13+ Day-of: $20