Giant singing robot comes to life on stage in a show that celebrates being different
When 11-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.
Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force. For Juniper, creativity opens doors into places she never knew existed allowing her, for the first time, to be defined on her own terms.
Robot Song comes to Geelong Performing Arts Centre in June as part of the Creative Learning Program. This deeply personal story is 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?
Geelong Performing Arts Centre CEO Joel McGuinness says Robot Song is aimed at children aged 8-12 and their families and provides a great opportunity to celebrate and discuss experiences of difference.
“Robot Song is joyful and full of hope. It is for any child who has ever felt isolated or pushed to the margins and any parent desperate for tools to help. The show employs cutting edge digital technology, startling animatronics and a beautiful original musical score - it’s a genuine family show produced by the incredible Arena Theatre Company - and we’re very excited to host it here in Geelong.”
See Robot Song at Geelong Performing Arts on Tuesday 11th June at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and under, $20 for students and $35 for adults. Book at Box Office on 52251200 or gpac.org.au
“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