You Know We Belong Together - Edinburgh International Festival

YOU KNOW WE BELONG TOGETHER

By Julia Hales, Finn O’Branagáin and Clare Watson

You Know We Belong Together brings the untold stories of performers with Down Syndrome to life in a heartfelt and upbeat show, inspired by performer Julia Hales' passion for the classic Australian soap opera Home and Away.

Julia 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. Julia is an artist and performer, with dreams of landing a role in her favourite show and finding love.

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. This live documentary has had sold out seasons in Australia and is at once a universal story of love, loss and friendship, and a deeply personal exploration of the frustrations and aspirations of living with Down syndrome. All set in the famous diner at Summer Bay.

Julia and a cast of six actors from Western Australia put their own lives on stage, mixing their experiences and day-to-day realities with monologues, sketches, video, dance and song. A BSL interpreter joins the cast at the diner’s tables, becoming part of a story that is an uplifting blend of the personal and political.

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You Know We Belong Together was originally co-produced by Perth FestivalBlack Swan State Theatre Company and DADAA.

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Cast and Credits

CAST
in alphabetical order
Joshua Bott
Patrick Carter
Tina Fielding
Julia Hales
Mark Junor
Melissa Junor
Lauren Marchbank

CREATIVE TEAM
Writers Julia Hales, Finn O’Branagáin and Clare Watson
Director Clare Watson
Set and Costume Designer Tyler Hill
Lighting Designer Joe Paradise Lui 
Sound Designer and Composer Rachael Dease
video Designer Michael Carmody
Movement Director Laura Boynes

Dates, Times & Prices

24 - 27 August 2022

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Wednesday - Saturday
£21 - £26

MATINEE, 2.30pm
Saturday
£21 - £26

Running time: 1hr 10min

Accessibility

AUDIO DESCRIBED
Friday 26 August, 7.30pm

CAPTIONED
Saturday 27 August, 2.30pm

BSL INTERPRETED
Each performance

Audio Described by: Caroline Jaquet

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