Alexithymia | Citizen Theatre & A_tistic
Presented as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival
8 – 19 November 2017
Meat Market, Stables | Corner of Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne
Do you know how you really feel?
Citizen Theatre and A_tistic joined forces to create a new theatrical work, Alexithymia, which aimed to simulate an autistic experience of the world for audiences.
Alexithymia is a condition that noticeably affects 85% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is defined as an inability to name or describe emotions.
Developed and presented by a neuro-diverse cast and creative team, Alexithymia was a speculative fiction, featuring an interdependent and delicate mix of sensory stimuli, sound design and stylised performances.
Alexithymia was presented as three short works – Social_function.exe was about an autistic woman who invented an artificial intelligence implant to navigate a job interview; The Curious Case of You was a game show that put audiences’ emotional intelligence to the test; and Nirvana Syndrome followed a woman who had no desire for anything and was consequently defined by other people's expectations.
The Alexithymia season included a sensory friendly/relaxed performance.
“Alexithymia: Experience the World Through Autism is a truly brave work.” - The Melbourne Critique
"This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre ... directed with flair by and Jayde Kirchert and performed with exemplary timing by Emma Hoy, Keagan Vaskess and Nicola Bowman" - Stage Whispers
"At its best, Alexithymia probes [profound human questions] without skimping on emotional intelligence, nuance or complexity." - The Age
What people said about Alexithymia
THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Phillip Dallas - Sound Designer
Peter Amesbury - Lighting Designer
Sophie Andrew - Stage Manager
Jacinta Anderson - Production Assistant
Jayde Kirchert - Director/Co-Producer
Tom Middleditch - Writer/Co-Producer
Stu Brown - Visual Designer/Co-Producer
James Matthews - Dramaturge
Emma Hoy - Yellow
Keagan Vaskess - Blue
Nicola Bowman - Red
Photos by Thomas Overend
Companion Cards were honoured
Meat Market was accessible for patrons with wheelchair access requirements
Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing
There was a sensory friendly/relaxed performance
A donation was made for another Poppy Seed Festival show to have an AUSLAN interpreted performance