Robot Song

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 25 August - 26 August 2020
Category Live Event


All performances of Robot Song have been cancelled.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact ticket holders regarding refund options.

Riverside presents Arena Theatre Company

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 a complete meltdown. 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, it opens doors into places she never knew existed allowing her to be defined on her own terms for the first time.

This deeply personal story shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer/director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Full of hope, cutting edge digital technology, animatronics and a beautiful, original musical score, this poignant and compelling production is for any child who has ever felt isolated or pushed to the margins.

Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families


Helpmann Award
Winner: Best Presentation for Children and Young People

Writer, Director and Production Designer
Jolyon James

Assistant Director
Sarah Branton

Christian Leavesley

Nate Gilkes

Musical Director
Ania Reynolds

Lighting Designer
Paul Lim

Costume Designer
Beth Sayer

Sophie Smyth
Phil McInnes

(Stages 3 – 4)

From the Program Coordinator…

It’s not often a show like this comes along, where the story gets to the heart of what many young people experience at some point in their lifetime. This musical theatre piece displays the creative use of drama conventions and uses the latest technology in production elements, including animatronics. Robot Song is engaging, moving, awe-inspiring and a perfect way to demonstrate the power of live theatre as a tool for telling important stories and promoting social change.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: Robot Song Curriculum Links

Download the Education Resources here: Robot Song Education Resource Kit

Riverside’s Risk Assessment

Download the Risk Assessment here: Risk Assessment 2020

Download a sample of a generic risk assessment here: Sample – Generic Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Access Points

This production has a strong music focus.

Visual Cues
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.

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Dates and Times:

Schools Performances
Tuesday 25 August at 11am
Wednesday 26 August at 10am & 1pm

General Public Performance
Tuesday 25 August at 6:30pm

Accessible Performance – More Info
Wednesday 26 August at 10am (Relaxed Performance)


60 minutes (No interval plus 20 minute Q&A following weekday matinee performances)

Ticket Prices

Concession $24
30 & Under $22
18 & Under $18
Family of 4 $92
Additional Family Member $23
Concession $31
30 & Under $28
18 & Under $23
Family of 4 $116
Additional Family Member $29
Groups 8+

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Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
School Bookings $4.00

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