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Adam Kelly's new family-friendly show, ARCO Jnr, is set to delight Perth audiences at the AWESOME Festival this year. Don't miss out!

Smiling, Adam Kelly, the star of the show, gives audience members a high five

Adam Kelly is, in his words, an autistic gentleman. Finbar is a fish. Adam and Finbar think that asking someone what it feels like to live with autism is pretty much like asking a fish if it knows it’s in water, which is pretty funny if you think about it.

Based on the FRINGE WORLD award-winning show, “Autism, Rejection, Celibacy and Optimism” (aka ARCO), Adam’s family-friendly ARCO Jnr is about living with autism. Or, in Finbar the fish’s case, living in water. This delightful work takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles of a young man trying to make connections with the people and world around him. Along the way Adam asks gently of his audience to consider life from his perspective.

Fresh out of development, and with the addition of exciting animation from emerging artist Ben Hollingsworth, this is an altogether new treat for 2021 Awesome Festival audiences. Premiering under the aptly tweaked title Autism, Rejection, Community and Optimism, WA Youth Theatre Company and AWESOME Festival are excited to present ARCO Jnr.

Join us as Adam and Finbar dance, draw, fly and joke their way into young hearts.

For audiences aged 7+

ARCO Creative Team

Written by: Adam Kelly & James Berlyn

Performed by: Adam Kelly

Directed by: James Berlyn

Animation: Ben Hollingsworth

Arts Mentor: Johanna Keyser

Sound Design: Tristen Parr

Lighting Design: Peter Young


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ARCO Jnr has been developed with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.