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.

Reviewers said:

“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



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

Poppy Seed Festival logo

Poppy Seed

Alexithymia was part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival The production was a collaboration with A_tistic.



Emma Hoy - Yellow

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Nicola Bowman - Red



Production images

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