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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!

In-person:

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

Book an in-person ticket here!

Online:

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

Book a streaming video ticket here!

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.