Runtime: 1h 15m
Stopping off in London enroute to the Edinburgh International Festival comes this Australian hit written by actor and writer Julia Hales, a huge fan of the soap series, Home and Away, who noticed she had never seen anyone like herself in the show. Hales lives with Downs syndrome. The result is a show that is, by all accounts, joyful and funny and heart-wrenching as Hales tells us about her life and dreams in a live documentary that has had several sold out seasons in Australia.
You Know We Belong Together is a joyful celebration of community spirit and a call for greater inclusivity from a community rarely represented on stage or screen. Hales has watched every single episode of Australian soap opera Home and Away since it first aired in 1988, but she’s never seen another person with Down syndrome in the cast. She dreams of landing a role in her favourite show and finding love. This live documentary is at once a universal story of love, loss and friendship, and deeply personal exploration of the frustrations and aspirations of living with Down syndrome. Hales and a cast of six Western Australian actors put their own lives on stage, mixing their experiences and personal day-to-day realities with monologues, video, scenes, dance and song. All juxtaposed on the setting of the famous diner at Summer Bay. Hales says, ‘I want people to see us for who we are and what we do as part of the world.’ All performances are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL). Age Recommendation: 12+