Robot Song

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 24 August - 25 August 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside presents Arena Theatre Company’s

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
Please Note: This production contains smoke haze.

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email or call 8839 3399.

2019 – Helpmann Award Winner: Best Presentation for Children and Young People
Drama Victoria – Best Presentation for Secondary School students
Drama Victoria – best Presentation for Primary School students.

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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
Phillip McInnes
Jo Abbott

(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

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free for every 20 students booked.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

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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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Robot 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 a complete meltdown. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

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Dates and Times:

Schools Performances
Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 11am
Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 10am & 1pm (Relaxed Performance ) – More Info 

General Public Performance
Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 6:30pm


1 hour with no interval.
There will be a 20 minute Q&A following school matinee performances.

Ticket Prices

Concession $28
30 & Under $26
18 & Under $22
Concession $31
30 & Under $28
18 & Under $25
Groups 8+*

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