Robot Song


When it comes to friends, Juniper has no idea what all the fuss is about. In fact when classmates tease her for being like a robot she takes it as a compliment. Through the unconventional eyes of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Robot Song takes the audience on an incredible ride of personal discovery.

Robot Song introduces us to Juniper, a smart 11-year-old whose world is turned upside down when the arm of a giant robot appears on her doorstep and takes her on an unexpected journey to find the rest of its body. Surprised by the robot’s revelation that it has only ever wanted to sing, Juniper learns flexibility and unexpected outcomes are sometimes exactly what you need.

Robot Song is drawn from writer director Jolyon James' experience raising a child on the Autism Spectrum. In celebrating Juniper’s unique way of interpreting the world Robot Song provides a window for all young people to recognise and embrace the differences within themselves and others. 

Using live animation, animatronics and with original music Robot Song will be an incredible new work for ages 8 - 12.


Creative Development

Robot Song has already undergone a script development this year with further two-week design development scheduled for September. Robot Song is intended to premiere in 2018.

Innovative Technology

Arena has piloted the use of live animation software Adobe Character Animate for live performance through our Schools Workshop Program.

Robot Song will see Arena integrate this new technology into live performance with digital character able to move and respond in real time to our audience.

Robot Song will include a permanent online component with Juniper May's YouTube Channel 'Orbiting Juniper' available for the audience to access at anytime.


Writer/Director Jolyon James

Assistant Director  Christian Leavesley

Musical Director/ Composer Nathan Gilkes

Script Adviser Anthony Crowley


Premiere & Touring

Robot Song will premiere in 2018 and be available for touring in 2018 & 2019. For more information please contact

Executive Producer Sheah Sutton