ARCO Snr

A young life on the spectrum: a story of yearning and optimism

WA Youth Theatre Company, in collaboration with DADAA, presents the much-anticipated revamp of Adam Kelly’s award-winning show about living with autism. 

“Who here hasn’t been rejected?” asks Adam Kelly, creator of ARCO. “This is my story of endurance, learning, adaptation, and optimism. Everyone can identify with it and have some fun at the same time.”  

ARCO Snr, which stands for Autism, Rejection, Celibacy and Optimism, is back this October for a limited season after premiering at Fringe World 2020.

This delightful show, enhanced by the rousing animations of local artist Ben Hollingsworth, takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles of a young autistic gentleman trying to make connections with the people and world around him. Winner of the ECU Performing Arts Award, Adam gently asks the audience to consider life from his perspective.

“Autism itself is really difficult to explain. It’s not simply something that effects how I function; it is… how I am wired. Asking me how autism feels like is pretty much like asking a fish if it knows it’s in water. I guess that as I am autistic, but adapted slightly to the neurotypical world, metaphorically I am neither fully a fish (autistic) nor a land creature (neurotypical) but rather an amphibian.” – Adam Kelly, 2019, reflecting on the message of ARCO Snr.

ARCO Snr, a compelling personal story of yearning and optimism, will play at the DADAA Theatre in Fremantle from the 5-9 October 2021.

Credits: Written by Adam Kelly and James Berlyn. Directed by James Berlyn. Performed by Adam Kelly with animation by Ben Hollingsworth. Sound design: Tristen Parr and lighting design: Pete Young. Artist Mentor Johanna Keyser.

This season of ARCO Snr has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.