Artistic director Jolyon James.

When it comes to friends, Juniper has no idea what all the fuss is about.

In fact, when classmates tease her for being like a robot she takes it as a compliment.

Through the unconventional eyes of a child on the autism spectrum, Robot Song takes the audience on an incredible ride of personal discovery.

“Robot Song is a snapshot into the life of a very smart, bright, idiosyncratic girl,” Robot Song writer and director Jolyon James said.

“Juniper’s very literal take on the world is sometimes at odds with it’s abstract demands.”

Juniper is a smart 11-year-old whose world is turned upside down when the arm of a giant robot appears on her doorstep and takes her on an unexpected journey to find the rest of its body.

Surprised by the robot’s revelation that it has only ever wanted to sing, Juniper learns flexibility and unexpected outcomes are sometimes exactly what you need.

Robot Song is drawn from Jolyon’s experience raising a child on the autism spectrum.

In celebrating Juniper’s unique way of interpreting the world, Robot Song provides a window for all young people to recognise and embrace the differences within themselves and others.

Using live animation, animatronics and with original music, Robot Song will be an incredible new work for children ages 8 to 12 and their families.

Robot Song will be Arena’s first work to premiere in their new home – Bendigo, and will be at the Engine Room, 58 View Street.

It’s on at 11am Wednesday, July 11, Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday July 14, and 10am and 1.30pm: Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, and Thursday 19 July. Tickets available via