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Can You Hear Colour?  A kaleidoscopic opera for children.

A Patch Theatre Company Production in Association with Adelaide Festival

Patch Theatre Company’s new production, conceived by Naomi Edwards and composed by Alan John, is an exploration of what music is and an invitation to take time to listen and learn from those who inhabit unfamiliar worlds, and experience life in new ways.

Famous creatives Bauderlair, Kandinsky, Messiaen and Mary J. Blige  all have something in common and that is Synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. The word synesthesia comes from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception). Therefore, synesthesia literally means “joined perception.”

“Blue-violet rocks, speckled with little grey cubes, highlighted by a bit of… gold, red, ruby, and stars of mauve, black and white.” Composer Olivier Messiaen (describing how a particular chord “looks” in his mind).

What if your paint box sang to you? To some, the key of C major is red, to others definitely white. It’s commonplace to talk about a ‘colourful’ score, but for some it’s literally true. What if you were born with this strange gift? Would your paintings harmonize agreeably or turn into a scary brown discordant mess? And how would you feel if the colours on the notes of your xylophone were ‘wrong’?

Can You Hear Colour? is an operatic visual poem that promises to delight children, 4+ and their families. Weaving together children’s love of colour and music, this sensory adventure celebrates the unique way we each see, hear and share our world.

Featuring the splendid vocals of Michaela Burger (Rumplestiltskin) and Bethany Hill (Saul).
You’ll come out humming the rainbow.