The Aspie Hour

The Aspie Hour
The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. May 3 – 5, 2018

Two people sharing their experiences of Asperger’s Syndrome through cabaret. The show was so popular in the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, they added three extra performances at The Butterfly Club after the festival finished. Originally developed for the Ballarat Cabaret Festival in 2017, Aspie Hour creators and performers Sophie Smyth and Ryan Smedley open our minds and hearts to what it’s like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Backed by musical director Rainer Pollard on piano, they each tell a series of stories from their lives on the autism spectrum. Taking inspiration from their favourite musicals, Smedley shares his amusing adventures in New York, aka heaven for theatre nerds, while Smyth covers a range of events throughout her life.

The young duo give a highly professional performance displaying sharp comedic timing. Telling their stories through cabaret not only makes them entertaining, it helps the audience connect to their emotions. There were plenty of laughs, but also touching moments that brought tears to my eyes. A light-hearted yet powerful performance that delighted and moved the audience.

Sophia Dickinson

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