Run Time
ARCO Jnr: 35mins + 15mins Q&A with Adam Kelly
ARCO Snr: 45mins + 15mins Q&A with Adam Kelly
Ticket Prices Adult $20+BF | Child U18 $15+BF
BREC and WA Youth Theatre Company Present
By Adam Kelly and James Berlyn
Produced by WA Youth Theatre Company


ARCO Jnr: recommended for ages 7+
ARCO Snr: recommended for ages 15+


ARCO Snr: Adult Language & Mature Themes

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ARCO Jnr (schools)
08 September 2022
11:00 am
08 September 2022
6:00 pm
09 September 2022
11:00 am
09 September 2022
6:00 pm
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A Compelling Story of Yearning and Optimism

Adam Kelly is, in his words, an autistic gentleman. His friend, Finbar, is a fish. Adam thinks that asking someone what it feels like to live with autism is pretty much like asking a fish (i.e. Finbar) if it knows it’s in water, which is pretty funny if you think about it.

This is an idea from Adam’s show about living with autism, or, in Finbar the fish’s case, living in water. The show, called ARCO (an acronym that will be fully explained for audience members), takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles of a young man trying to make connections with the people and world around him. Along the way Adam asks gently of his audience to consider life from his perspective.


The much anticipated feature-length children’s version of Adam Kelly’s award-winning show, ARCO.

Co-written and co-created by Adam Kelly and James Berlyn, this charming WA Youth Theatre Company production has been developed for children aged 7+ and their families, with invaluable dramaturgy from Alex Desebrock.

Supercharged by the exciting animations of fellow Perth-based neurodiverse artist Ben Hollingsworth, ARCO Jnr introduces lovable protagonist Finbar the fish, firebreathing Morguthul and others, to assist with storytelling. In his solo performance, Adam uses the characters to paint a picture of the different parts of himself, and to share the message that we’re acceptable in our entirety; just the way we are.

Whilst exploring sensitive themes of difference and rejection, the show holds to a sense of wonder and delight throughout and ultimately instils positivity, finishing on a note of brilliant optimism.
ARCO Jnr is an illuminating and joyful journey for the whole family. Join us as Adam and Finbar dance, draw, fly and joke their way into our hearts.

arco snr

“Who here hasn’t been rejected?” asks Adam Kelly of his audience.

Adam is a self-described autistic gentleman who, despite his best efforts, has never had a girlfriend. He would like to change that…

Award-winning ARCO, extended and embellished here for mature audiences to become ‘ARCO Snr’, takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles…

ARCO Snr = mature audience version; developed for mature audiences aged 15+


$10 OPEN – I need a good night out but I’m still feeling the COVID pinch
$40 UNLOCK – I love a good night out and am happy to help
$60 FLING – I want to fling the door open and be a BREC champion

Limited BREC Access tickets available

Tickets & Venue Info

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First place winner will receive a family pass (2 Adults +2 Children, value $84) to see ARCO on Thursday 8 September at 6pm.
Second Place Winner will receive a double pass (1 Adult + 1 Child, value $42).

To submit your entry, please take a photo or scan the completed artwork and email a copy to or drop it into the BREC Box office.
Entries are due by 4pm Tuesday 30 August 2022.
Winners will be notified on Thursday 1 September.

Download Entry Form

“A beautifully constructed, personal perspective of life on the autism spectrum that leaves… a rare feeling of connection to the protagonist.”/ “Ben Hollingsworth’s wry, engaging and comedic animations… were especially effective at portraying aspects such as sensitivity to noise, social pressures and feelings of loneliness and rejection.”
Lydia Edwards, Seesaw 2021

“[I]ntimate…pure and eye opening”
Jnr Reviewer, Bethanie Stopher, aged 15, Seesaw 2021

“[A]n unexpected gem of a show. Adam Kelly is perhaps one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever come across and his passion for theatre and zest for life shines through. He is having the time of his life up there on that stage and sharing it with others is a marvellous gift… Why not go and see Adam Kelly and pick up a few techniques to grab life in one enormous bear hug!”
Laura Money, Fourth Wall Media 2021

“Extremely illuminating”
Malti Media 2021

“Optimism shines through”
WAToday/The Age 2021

“Using wit and movement, Kelly interweaves incisive social commentary among frank reflections. From his own patterns of experiences, the audience learns more about what it’s like to move through the world as an autistic person. He deftly draws attention to how his behaviours are judged through an ableist gaze.”
Adele Aria, Artshub 2021

ARCO is a WA Youth Theatre Company production by Adam Kelly and James Berlyn.

ARCO Jnr creative development was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The world premiere of the work was commissioned and presented by AWESOME Festival.

The 2022 Regional Tour of ARCO has been supported by Playing WA as part of the State Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.