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New light based children’s show ZOOOM to come to Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

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ZOOOM will come to BREC October 24-25.
Camera IconZOOOM will come to BREC October 24-25. Credit: Matt Byrne

On a mission to get a star back home, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is set to become a dazzling display of light as it welcomes an exciting new children’s work to the stage.

From lighting virtuoso Geoff Cobham, Patch Theatre’s latest production ZOOOM will take audiences on a transformational journey featuring original music, lasers, projections and of course, light.

The show tells the captivating story of a child alone in her bedroom in the middle of the night who finds a lost star and, with the assistance of the audience, goes on a mission to return the star home.

Artistic Director Cobham said he was largely inspired by Crockett Johnson’s picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon.

“I loved the story...I still do” he said.

“The idea that you can draw a landscape of wonder and excitement and then immerse yourself in it, played an integral part in my interest in light, in theatre and now in theatre production for kids.”

Combining old-school whimsy with state of the art technology, ZOOOM features the talents of composer Jason Sweeney and up-and-coming actors Temeka Lawlor and Angus Leighton.

Targeted a children aged 4-10 year, Cobham said it relies largely on imagination play.

“You see (young children) use objects in their dramatic play to represent other things or make movements to represent a more complex action.,” he said.

“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.”

Audience members are invited to ‘bring a piece of dark’ to the show which will be exchanged for their own personal light to help guide them through the show.

ZOOOM will play three performances at BREC October 24-25, with bookings available online or at the box office.

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