You Know We Belong Together to play at the Southbank Centre
Posted in Production Announcement30 May 2022
Posted in Production Announcement
30 May 2022
Following sold-out seasons in the 2018 Perth Festival and Black Swan’s 2019 season, award-winning playYou Know We Belong Together brings its celebrated portrayal of living with Down syndrome to theSouthbank Centre’s Purcell Room from Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 August for its UK Premiere. Julia Hales leads a cast of six Western Australian actors to draw on their lived experience and tell this joyful celebration of community spirit, calling for better representation of disability on screen and stage.
Julia Hales has watched every single episode of Australian soap opera Home and Away since it first aired in 1988, but she’s never seen another person with Down syndrome in the cast. She dreams of landing a role in her favourite show and finding love. Family, friends, dreams and lovers are all part of Julia Hales’ deeply personal account of her experiences as a daughter, actor and person with Down syndrome. She brings with her the voices and aspirations of a community rarely seen on stage. Part-play, part-live documentary, You Know We Belong Together is an uplifting show about love, loss, family, friendships and the frustrations and aspirations of living with Down syndrome.
The cast put their own lives on stage, mixing their experiences and personal day-to-day realities with monologues, video, scenes, dance and song. Julia Hales is joined on stage by Joshua Bott, Patrick Carter, Tina Fielding, Mark Junor, Melissa Junor and Lauren Marchbank. Set in the famous diner at Summer Bay regularly seen in Home and Away, the cast bring their talents to help Julia “make a show to help remind non-disabled people that people with Down syndrome are complex and emotional people, like them. That they also have regular desires like love and acceptance.”
Tickets on sale to Members on Tuesday 31 May and to the public Wednesday 1 June.
This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) for all performances.
Audio Description with Touch Tour on Friday 19 August.
Speech-to-Text on Saturday 20 August at 2.30pm matinée.
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