Produced by A_tistic

When the whole world wants you to be a certain way, what does it mean to get ‘help’?

Sheridan needs help to do battle with the Department for Very Differently Special Needs. Alice needs help to find a therapist who knows anything at all about autism and gender. And Donna needs… well, no one seems to know exactly what Donna needs. She can’t tell us. Not yet.

Created in collaboration with a majority autistic and/or otherwise neurodivergent cast, Helping Hands is a surrealist, experimental exploration of what help is, and what help could be.

Following its debut La Mama season, this production will also be available to experience online for a limited time via a high-quality, captioned, streamable film. Head to to purchase a film ticket or learn more!

Originally developed with the support of Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

…neurodiverse experience raises profound human questions, as well as challenges. At its best, Alexithymia probes them without skimping on emotional intelligence, nuance or complexity.
– Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald,
on A_tistic’s Alexithymia

Co-created by directors Hannah Aroni, Jess Gonsalvez and James Matthews, and devising cast Tara Daniel, Vanessa Di Natale, Emily Griffith, Dee Matthews, Artemis Munoz, Aislinn Murray and Alexander Woollatt

Creative consultancy by Hari Srinivasan

Sound design by Jacinta Anderson

Set and lighting design by John Collopy

Costume design by Hannah Aroni

Cinematography by Gideon Aroni

Stage management by Jacinta Anderson and L. Turpin

Production management by Theodore Murray.

Photography/Image credit: John Collopy (original photography), Hannah Aroni (illustration)

Media for prior A_tistic productions:

… a thoughtful intelligent story that not only looks at the anxieties and difficulties people with autism can experience but also those their parents undergo in attempting to understand and accept their child as they are.

Myron My, Theatre press, on A_tistic’s Pinocchio Restrung
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