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Echolalia (New Zealand)


1 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2020

Short Synopsis

A young woman on the autistic spectrum prepares for a much needed job interview and society’s social norms are put under the spotlight in this "uplifting, very funny and totally optimistic"* clown theatre show by Jen McArthur.  *Theatreview.

Inspired by the originality, struggles and joys of autistic children she worked with, McArthur’s delightful character Echo doesn’t register social niceties, yet wants to be part of the world. Echolalia shares an experienced understanding of high functioning autism, “with touching honesty, sympathy and a huge sense of humour” (The Student, Edinburgh) and does it through gentle and hilarious audience interaction, dance and physical comedy.

“Through clowning, McArthur manages to conjure up a strange and unfamiliar realm without patronizing either her subject or her audience” The Scotsman.

“Magnificently performed” 3 Weeks, Edinburgh

Reviews Feature

" * * * * * " Broadway Baby, Edinburgh

" * * * * * " Edinburgh Guide

" It is impossible not to enjoy spending time with this woman." The Scotsman 

" It is something when you can say about a performance that both Samuel Beckett and Charlie Chaplin would have been proud." Theatreview 

Written By
Jen McArthur with assistance from Jo Randerson, Stephen Bain and Renata Hopkins
Jen McArthur
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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