South Australian Premiere
When the arm of a giant robot appears on Juniper’s doorstep, her eleven-year-old world is turned upside down.
Embarking on an unexpected journey to find the rest of its body, Juniper discovers bringing the robot to life is the easy part. Now she must achieve the impossible….teach it how to feel.
Incorporating live animation, video and performance, Robot Song follows the journey of a young girl on the autism spectrum learning to understand her unique way of relating to the world. Through the help of a giant robot and a deep love of singing, Juniper discovers that life doesn't always turn out the way you plan; sometimes it's much, much better.
Arena Theatre Company has a history of producing theatre for young people that neither patronises nor preaches to its audience. The Age
Thank you for showing my autistic world and how being different is awesome. Robot Song = Awesome! Danial, 12
Writer/Director/Designer: Jolyon James
Dramaturg: Christian Leavesley
Musical Director/Composer/Performer: Nathan Gilkes
Assistant Director: Sarah Branton
Script Advisor: Ant Crowley
Lighting Designer: Paul Lim
Costume Designer: Beth Sayer
Stage Manager: Theresa O’Connor
Production Manager: Ben Van Dillen
Juniper May: Ashlea Pyke
Father: Philip McInnes
Voiceover of Mum: Kath Tonkin
Image: Ashlea Pyke