Engaging our 'Patch' Audience in the Foyer
by morag cook on December 16th, 2012

Patch is investigating the idea of audience participation and it's importance in our contemporary community.
There is a wonderful new dialogue taking place about the benefits and techniques for audience engagement.
Patch is in the fore-front of new processes for engagement and Dave Brown at Patch Theatre Company's helm has instigated an investigation into possible pathways.
One technique involves activities in the foyer that have been started at home or in the educational environment. 
Internet allows so much possibility for audience involvement even before the  theatre event.
The wonderful sculptor Gus Clutterbuck and I were employed for a week to create a foyer exhibition.
We ended up with a series of hanging sculptures called the 'everyone things'.
These will be made by the young audiences placing their thumbprint on a piece of paper and posting it into a balloon. The balloons are then offered to the 'Every One Thing' which grows through-out the life of the season. Effectively creating a 'thing' made from everyone's DNA.

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