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When the whole world wants you to be a certain way, what does it mean to get help?
Sheridan needs help to do battle with the Department for Very Differently Special Needs, so she can get help for her child. Alice needs help to find a therapist who knows anything at all about autism and gender. And Donna needs … well, no one seems to know exactly what Donna needs. She can’t tell us. Not yet.
A surrealist, experimental journey through the world of help, Helping Hands digs into everything from the world’s most popular and most controversial autism therapy, to making battle plans to get through parties, to what autistic people really learn at school. There’s a goblin who loves the word “no”, a talk show all about the tragedy of not being autistic, and some real, goddamn, actual friendship.
It’s a show about what help is, and what help could be.
Watch Helping Hands two ways - in person at Melbourne’s iconic La Mama theatre, or online as a streamable, captioned film!
Watch a high-quality, captioned, streamable film of Helping Hands - we’ll send you an access code shortly before the release
ONLINE STREAMING SEASON EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! Helping Hands will now be available to stream until 6pm Friday 13th September (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
This scene-by-scene list of content and sensory warnings for Helping Hands may be useful to you
This Relaxed Performance Guide was originally prepared for the in-person season, but you can also use it to get a sense of what to expect when watching Helping Hands online!
Read our online Q and A answers here
Check out the in-person season program for Helping Hands, including Directors’ Notes, info about our team, and thank yous
The in-person season of Helping Hands has now concluded.
What critics are saying about Helping Hands
”While Helping Hands is very playful a lot of the time, it will also suddenly whack you with such an emotional punch at times, demonstrating great range. The balance between emotion and humour is playfully seamless, creating deeply engaging theatre.” — Lucinda Naughton, TheatreTravels
“A_tistic has done a brilliant job of talking about serious topics respectfully, but in a way that confronts the viewer. … Some of these skits could have easily been pulled from my own life … This show is cathartic for those of us who are Neurodivergent and it’s a chance to listen, learn and understand for everyone else. It was fantastic.” — Jess Flint, Witness
“… a phenomenal piece of theatre … The dramaturgy is excellent and the story telling clear, dynamic and completely engaging. The acting is uniformly engrossing and the lighting (Collopy) and sound (Anderson) work to shift between a world of nightmares and safety. What sets Helping Hands in a stratosphere rarely reached by most theatrical performances is the team manages to create safe spaces for the audience to get what they need for their comfort and safety. … I really cannot speak too highly of Helping Hands …” — Samsara Dunston, WhatDidSheThink
”It’s not autism 101. They’re taking the conversation further. … they’ve made it thought-provoking and entertaining. This is a fine example of original Australian theatre. Even better, it’s an inclusive, intersectional example of original Australian theatre. More please.” — Sophia Dickinson, Stage Whispers
“The show's brilliance lies in the fact that they don't water down their content assuming a lack of knowledge among the audience - they make a genuine effort to convey the dense content in ways that will be understandable, accessible, and enjoyable. And they succeed in this.” — Aridhi Anderson, Weekend Notes
The Helping Hands Team
Directors: Hannah Aroni, Jess Gonsalvez and James Matthews
Devising cast: Tara Daniel, Vanessa Di Natale, Emily Griffith, Dee Matthews, Artemis Munoz, Aislinn Murray and Alexander Woollatt
Creative consultant: Hari Srinivasan
Sound design: Jacinta Anderson
Set and lighting design: John Collopy
Costume design: Hannah Aroni, with Aislinn Murray, Tara Daniel and Emily Griffith
Cinematography: Gideon Aroni
Stage management: Jacinta Anderson and L. Turpin
Production management: Theodore Murray
Relaxed performance consultation: Tom Middleditch
Originally developed with the support of Brunswick Mechanics Institute.