By Jolyon James
If you sing, you will find your song.
When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is "the most hated person in the school" her life is thrown into complete meltdown.
Juniper stops eating, refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues, her parents' resort to the only thing they have left - a giant singing robot.
Based on a true story, Robot Song is deeply personal. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into Writer/Director Jolyon James' experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question; How do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?
A Helpmann Award-winning family show, Robot Song is joyful and full of hope. Employing cutting edge digital technology, startling animatronics and a beautiful original musical score don't miss this limited return season playing at Melbourne's iconic Chapel Off Chapel in July.
Winner: Helpmann Award - Best Presentation for Children and Young People (2019)
Written and Directed by Jolyon James
Performed by Sophie Smyth, Phillip McInnes and Jo Abbott
Composed by Nate Gilkes
Musical Direction by Ania Reynolds
Lighting Design by Paul Lim
Costume Design by Beth Sayer
Dramaturgy by Christian Leavesley
Stage Manager: Tanje Ruddick
Production Manager: Cheyney Caddy
26 - 29 July, 2021
Mon - Wed 7pm, Tues and Wed 11am, Thurs 10am and 1pm
Relaxed Performance: Thurs 29 July 1pm
Tickets: $28 Full, $22 Concession, Child and Group 6+
Bookings: 03 8290 7000 and online here
Venue: Chapel Off Chapel - 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne www.arenatheatre.com.au
Run time: 65 minutes no intermission
Age Suitability: 8+