helping hands - bookings now open!
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!
Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC
Performance dates: 7th - 10th August
Relaxed performance: Thursday 8th August - you can download the Helping Hands relaxed performance guide (including detailed content warnings for the show) here, and learn more about relaxed performances here
Auslan interpreted performance: Friday 9th August
Performance times: 7.30pm start, approx. 90 min duration, plus a 10 minute interval
All performances will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and cast
Watch a high-quality, captioned, streamable film of Helping Hands - we’ll send you an access code shortly before the release
Available to stream: 27th August - 6th September
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.