ROBOT SONG BY ARENA THEATRE COMPANY

Showing: Monday 30 May, 6pm, Tuesday 31 May, 10am and 1pm

“Miss Cummings, if we’re all different, doesn’t that kind of make us all the same?”- Juniper May

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. After exhausting all other avenues her parents resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. 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?

Robot Song is a genuine family show. It is joyful and full of hope. It is for any child who has ever felt isolated and any parent who is desperate for tools to help. The show employs cutting edge digital technology, startling animatronics and a beautiful original musical score.

“Gorgeously told and superbly crafted, a must-see for young people growing up in a world where bullying is widespread but who need to understand that difference should be seen as an asset,” Fiona Parker, ABC.

”This is a stunning production for young people aged 8 – 12 years and their families covering topics on recognising difference, friendship, bullying, not wanting to go to school and being yourself. Based on a true story, it will touch you on various emotional levels. We also have a relaxed 10 am performance for children who may be overwhelmed in a Theatre environment – we are also happy to provide your child with an exclusive tour of the theatre interior days before the show so they know what to expect on their visit,” said Manager of Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Linda Christof.

Justine Kuhner, Dubbo local singer, songwriter and actor performed at the Theatre’s Season Launch to promote this production. Justine has Asperger and who has seen the show, stated ‘I could relate to Juniper’s character on so many levels, especially about being fixated on things, like my idol, Cher. I know every detail about her. Having Aspergers certainly hasn’t stopped me from doing the things that I enjoy, like performing on stage.  I’m looking forward to seeing the show again next week.’   

Tickets for the May concert and bus travel can be booked through the DRTCC box office, visiting the website www.drtcc.com.au, or by calling (02) 6801 4378.  

Last Edited: 29 May 2022

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