A Kallo Collective Production
ECHOLALIA: Created and Performed by Jen McArthur
Winner of Best Solo Show at the NZ Fringe 2012 and co-winner of Best of Fringe and Best in Theatre at the Dunedin Fringe 2012 Echolalia is a highly engaging solo clown theatre performance created by Jen McArthur. Showing at Adelaide College of the Arts – Stables, 5th – 9th March as part of the 2013 Adelaide Fringe, Echolalia melds clown, physical theatre and dance with the subject of autism to present a touching and hilarious experience about internal fears and the pitfalls of social etiquette.
Inspired by the humour and directness of autistic children while working on a holiday program, Jen McArthur’s delightful character Echo doesn’t register social niceties. A young woman on the spectrum preparing for a much needed job interview Echo unwittingly puts our unspoken social rules under the spotlight…and finds a lot of them wanting.
“I found working with autistic children really inspiring in terms of their directness and lack of social etiquette. The autistic condition of fearing social interaction can be viewed as an amplification of what life is like for everyone; Echo’s battles and triumphs over seemingly ridiculous and funny situations are recognisable and relevant to us all”.
Echolalia is presented by the internationally-renowned Kallo Collective, and has been exceptionally well received, winning multiple awards for its unique and breakthrough performances. The show comes to Adelaide fresh from a season at New Zealand’s Auckland Fringe Festival.
“McArthur’s tender performance as Echo is both delightful and heart breaking.” Salient, NZ “The attention-to-detail in the performance is highly satisfying, and there is no doubt that this is a world-class physical theatre comic.” Theatreview, NZ
Jen McArthur: A highly respected physical comic Jen trained at Melbourne’s VCA, Circomedia circus school in Bristol and with clown teachers Giovanni Fusetti, John Bolton and John Wright. In 2010 she joined the highly respected Kallo Collective (FIN, NZ, FRA). The Collective has developed a unique style of theatre and physical comedy drawing from the masters, Chaplin and Keaton, with a contemporary twist. They are dedicated to furthering the styles of clown and physical theatre.
Dates: 5 – 9 March, 6pm. Duration: 40 minutes
Venue: Adelaide College of the Arts – Stables Cost: $13 – $18, family offers available (family friendly show)
Bookings: FringeTIX 1300 621 255