School students invited to Robot Song at the Ararat Town Hall

Posted Friday 10 May, 01:36pm

Local schools are being invited to attend a special student performance of the play Robot Song at the Ararat Town Hall on Monday May 27.

Robot Song is on the 2019 VCE drama syllabus and is aimed at children aged 8 and above. The play is based on writer/director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said Robot Song is an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional show about how we support, foster and celebrate difference in children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world.

Robot Song is joyful and full of hope, and 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.

The play tells the story of eleven-year-old Juniper May, who receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is “the most hated person in the school”.

Juniper May’s life is thrown into complete meltdown – she 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.

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 will play at the Ararat Town Hall on Monday May 27 at 11am, and is open to school groups only. Tickets are $12 per student. For more information and to book, visit www.ararattownhall.com.au or phone the Box Office on 5355 0900.