“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.
How 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!
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 limited availability in the first half of 2023, due to existing touring commitments. However, there is good availability from July onwards. Get in quick to secure your date preferences.
Invite us to visit your school! Finbar and Adam will dance, draw, fly and joke their way into your hearts!
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ARCO in Schools: EOI
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