Being different can be challenging in a world where being “perfect” is valued. But for 11-year-old Juniper (and the audience) it is through the very nature of her difference that she eventually finds a better understanding of her difference and acceptance on her own terms.
For Juniper, being autistic is different and thus she is feared by her classmates who vote her as the “most hated student in class”. Her unique way of dealing with the world is seen as robotic by others yet although hurtful and traumatic, yet as she loves robots this is taken as something of a compliment by Juniper.
The performance with live actors Ashlea Pyke and Phillip McInnes is designed to be as quirky as Juniper’s approach to her dilemma of trying to understand why being a robot is a bad thing. So, through the advent of a magical robot which not only needs to be fully assembled and brought to life but also needs help to realise its dream to sing, Juniper embarks on a journey to discover why life doesn't always turn out the way you plan and can be better as a result.
Integrating latest digital technology, animation, video, live performance with captivating music and song, Robot Song is primarily designed for the younger audience aged 8 – 12 years with daily performances at 11.30 am for school groups. Education Resources are available for school groups on request.
However, as we all strive to achieve a society that is more inclusive and accepting of individual differences, the show will undoubtedly have wider appeal. Through the joyful simplicity of its message, it will resound with us all as it challenges us to consider and attempt to answer the question of how we can accept, foster and celebrate individual differences not only in our children but the wider community.
In keeping with this approach, at 11.00 am on Thursday 4 April there will be a relaxed performance with subdued lighting and sound as well as the ability for audience members to come and go freely during the performance. There will also be an Auslan interpreted performance at 7.30 pm on the same day.
Dates: 25 March to 13 April 2019
Times: 11.00 am and 7.30 pm
Location: Theatreworks (14 Acland Street, St Kilda)
Duration: 60 minutes (no interval) Cost: $35.50 (Full price), $27.50 (student/concession