A deeply personal tale of the enduring love of parents and one child’s triumph, Arena Theatre Co’s Helpmann Award-Winning production Robot Song returns to the Melbourne stage this July. Running for a limited season at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, Robot Song is a powerful story for the entire family filled with joy, music, and hope.
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. She 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 shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into Writer/Director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. It asks the pertinent question; How do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?
Winner of the prestigious 2019 Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children and Young People and two Drama Victoria Awards Robot Song employs cutting edge digital technology, startling animatronics, and a beautiful original musical score. Playing for a limited return season, Robot Song is a wondrous and uplifting experience for all the family, not to be missed.
July 26 – 29