Robot Song is a genuine family show. It is joyful and full of hope.
Robot Song will connect with any child who has ever felt isolated
and any parent who is desperate for tools to help an isolated child.
“It was stunning and powerful and brilliant and I couldn’t stop
thinking about it after I left the theatre!”  
Nat Jobe

When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. Juniper stops eating, she refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that, when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force. For Juniper, creativity opens doors into places she never knew existed, allowing her to be defined on her own terms for the first time.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer/director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question, how do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?

Robot Song is a genuine family show. It is joyful and full of hope. It is for any child who has ever felt isolated, and any parent who is desperate for tools to help an isolated child. The show employs cutting edge digital technology, animatronics and a beautiful original musical score.

For ages 8+

Where to see Robot Song 2020

IPAY  Conference in Philadelphia / 25 Jan 2020

The Capital Theatre, Bendigo / 6 – 7 May 2020  POSTPONED

The Capital Theatre, Bendigo / 6 May 2020 – ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE  POSTPONED

The Bowery Theatre, Melbourne / 9 May 2020 CANCELLED

Imaginate Childrens Festival, Edinburgh, UK / 20-26 May 2020 CANCELLED

ARA Darling Quarter Theatre, Sydney / 8 August 2020

BMEC, Bathurst / 11 August 2020

The Q, Queanbeyan / 19 – 22 August 2020

Riverside, Parramatta / 25-26 August 2020

DRTCC, Dubbo / 14 August 2020

The Capital Theatre, Bendigo / 29 – 30 October 2020

Robot Song is represented by NCM for all international touring. For more information see the NCM website.


Writer/Director: Jolyon James

Dramaturg: Christian Leavesley

Assistant Director: Sarah Branton

Designer: Jolyon James

Lighting Design: Paul Lim (Additive)

Set Construction: Tom Eeles at JT Custom Builds

Costume Design: Beth Sayer

Composer: Nate Gilkes

Musical Director: Ania Reynolds


Ashlea Pyke & Phillip McInnes (Premiere & Melbourne Season)

Sophie Smyth & Chris Brown (National Tour 2019 & 2020)