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ARCO in Schools

The award-winning and heart-warming show about life with autism is now available as a school incursion. Suitable for primary and secondary groups and available in 2023.

“A beautifully constructed, personal perspective of life on the autism spectrum that leaves… a rare feeling of connection to the protagonist.”

– Lydia Edwards, Seesaw

What is ARCO about?

ARCO is self-described Autistic Gentleman Adam Kelly’s award-winning show about just that. Living with autism. Or in Finbar the fish’s case, living in water. Adam is 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.  

Featuring the whimsical animations of neurodiverse artist Ben Hollingsworth, ARCO takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles of someone trying to make connections with the people and world around them. Along the way the protagonist asks gently of his audience to consider life from his perspective and encourages them to take a moment to get things off their chest.

A compelling personal story of yearning and optimism, WAYTCo is proud to present ARCO in Schools, sharing the message that we are acceptable in our entirety; just the way we are.

Written by Adam Kelly and James Berlyn. Directed by James Berlyn. Performed by Adam Kelly. Animated by Ben Hollingsworth with Arts Mentorship by Joanna Keyser. Sound design: Tristen Parr. Lighting design: Pete Young. Dramaturgy (ARCO Jnr): Alex Desebrock.

Young performer covers ears to block out the noise, animated fish character in backgroundHow does it work in schools?

This highly mobile show has been developed for touring to Perth Metropolitan schools with performing arts venues. 

If your school has a theatre with a simple lighting rig and sound system, ARCO is for you. For audiences over 80 people, a radio mic is advisable. We can provide a lighting desk, if required.

This show involves projected images, so the theatre space must be able to be blacked out. Projection requirements to be negotiated venue-to-venue.

If you don’t have a theatre space with technical capabilities but you would still like to see ARCO, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do about a lo-fi version!

Version Details

ARCO Jnr: 35 mins + 15min Q&A
For children aged 7+                           Themes of rejection

ARCO Snr: 45 mins + 15min Q&A
For audience members aged 13+ Mild adult language/ themes


$4,100 AUD + GST for a maximum of 4 performances.

For schools without theatres, pricing is available upon request.


ARCO has good availability in August 2023 and from October 2023 onwards. Other dates may be possible earlier in the year upon enquiry. Get in touch to find out more.

Now what?

Invite us to visit your school! Finbar and Adam will dance, draw, fly and joke their way into your hearts! 

Use the form below or email

ARCO in Schools: EOI

Get the ball rolling on your ARCO booking today!

Feel free to indicate any dates that would work for you, any technical or access requirements you may have, or any other queries.