★★★★★ "Engaging and with an important message about inclusion, Robot Song is a remarkable work, carrying a strong but not preachy anti-bullying rallying cry”
Melbourne Comedy Festival
"Gorgeously told and superbly crafted”
Fiona Parker, ABC Radio
Best Presentation for Children and Young People 2019 Helpmann Awards
If you sing, you will find your song
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. Juniper stops eating, she 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 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 to be defined on her own terms for the first time.
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 an isolated child. The show employs cutting edge digital technology, animatronics and a beautiful original musical score.
For ages 8+
Writer/Director/Designer: JOLYON JAMES
Dramaturg: CHRISTIAN LEAVESLEY
Assistant Director: SARAH BRANTON
Lighting Designer: PAUL LIM (Additive)
Set Construction: TOM EELES at JT Custom Builds
Costume Design: BETH SAYER
Composer: NATE GILKES
Musical Director: ANIA REYNOLDS
Ashlea Pyke & Phil McInnes (Premiere & Melbourne Seasons 2018, Canada tour 2024)
Sophie Smythe & Chris Brown (National Tours 2019 - 2022)
PLAYING AUSTRALIA FUND 2019
VENUE PARTNER 2018, 2022