Down to Earth

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"Beautifully done – very moving in an inclusive way"

- Audience Member, Clare Carter & Family

Down To Earth

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Bamboozle Theatre Company’s presents

Down to Earth

A show created for children with profound and complex disabilities, in which every moment is tailored to their specific needs and likes, Down to Earth is a performance that should not be missed.

Children will be welcomed individually, experience the feel of a vegetable patch, dance in their chairs with the performers and meet a mischievous mole who causes mayhem! They will be transported to a magical forest where shadows slide across the floor, and wildlife rushes through the trees.

Every moment will be tailored to each child’s needs by Bamboozle performers who are highly experienced in engaging with children and young people who have a variety of complex and differing needs.

Down to Earth is an intimate and captivating production exclusively for children with profound and complex disabilities.

Each performance caters for up to six students, accompanied by their carer and / or teacher. Please note, Down to Earth is not recommended for children on the Autism Spectrum.

For more information contact (03) 9281 8784 or downtoearth@artscentremelbourne.com.au


Visual Story

Download the Visual Story. This handy document will take you through what to expect when coming to see Down to Earth.

Download the songs. Listen to songs from the performance before your visit.

Who is this event for?

This event is only for children with profound and complex disabilities.

Down to Earth is a captivating, multi-sensory work developed specifically for children and young people with profound and complex disabilities. UK theatre company Bamboozle specialise in making and performing theatre for this audience.

I have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, may they attend this event?

This production has not been designed to cater for the needs of audience members with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and we kindly ask you to only include children and young people with profound and complex disabilities.

How many children are in each session?

Audience numbers are deliberately very small. Each performance caters for up to six children.

The audience will be welcomed individually and every moment of the performance will be tailored to each child’s needs.

Is there a Visual Story for this show?

Yes, download a PDF version of the visual story here. This handy document will take you through what to expect when coming to see Down to Earth.

Can a teacher, parent or carer accompany the child in their care during the performance?

Yes. The children coming to Down to Earth will be accompanied by an adult parent or carer. The show is tailored for each child, and there is an outer ‘circle of care’ for accompanying adults, during the performance.

The accompanying observer (adult) ticket is complimentary.

Why do you require information about the children attending this performance?

We require information about every child’s ability, likes and dislikes. Every moment in the show is tailored to each child’s needs by the team of Bamboozle performers who are experienced in adapting to and interacting with children and young people who have a variety of complex disabilities and different needs. Everyone is required to complete an information form when booking.

What is the recommended age range?

The event is recommended for 6 to 14 year olds

Where is the Pavilion?

The Pavilion is located in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres building (the one with the spire) on Level 8.

We are an organisation travelling to Arts Centre Melbourne by bus, where can we park?

There is bus parking available in St Kilda Road opposite Arts Centre Melbourne.  If you would like to reserve bus parking please visit Melbourne Council Parking Permit.

There are also limited accessible parking spaces out the front of Arts Centre Melbourne.

We are travelling to Arts Centre Melbourne by private vehicle, where can we park?

Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park

All levels of the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park are fully wheelchair accessible.

Accessible parking bays are clearly marked and available on both levels with easy access to our theatres. Please display your valid Disabled Persons Parking Permit.

15 spaces are on the Upper level, turn left after entry gates.
7 spaces are on the Lower level, just after the entry gates.

Discounts for the Valet parking service is also available for permit holders.

The entry for Arts Centre Melbourne’s carpark is here (corner of Sturt and Kavanagh Streets)

Street parking

There are 4 accessible parking spaces in St Kilda Road out the front of Arts Centre Melbourne

How much is the parking?

Exclusive Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park Rate.

Discount parking vouchers are available for this performance. This voucher will reduce your parking fee to a flat rate of $14. Please take a ticket as you enter the carpark and you will be given a voucher at the performance to reduce the fee charged.

How do we get to Arts Centre Melbourne by public transport?

Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, in between the National Gallery of Victoria and the Yarra River, it's a few minutes walk from Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.

Train – A short walk from Flinders Street Station.
Tram – Take any tram along St Kilda Road and get off at Arts Centre Melbourne, Stop 14.

For more information about public transport options please visit the website here.

Where are the accessible toilets?

Arts Centre Melbourne – Accessible Toilets

Please ask venue staff for the closest accessible toilet to your location.

The most convenient accessible toilets are located:

-          Level 7 (opposite the Pavilion),

-          Level 6 (near Café Vic)

-          Level 5 (near Box Office/on the way to/from Car Park)

Changing Places – Accessible public toilets with full-sized change tables and hoists

The closest Changing Place is located at Flinders Street Station here (enter postcode 3000)

Where can we eat our lunch?

Food may be eaten on the lawn area between the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall or in the Queen Victoria Gardens opposite Arts Centre Melbourne.

In case of rain lunch may be eaten in the theatre foyers (subject to performance schedules).

There are various cafes at Arts Centre Melbourne including Café Vic and Cento Espresso please see here for more details.

Can food and drink be taken into the performance?

Food and drinks are not permitted in the auditorium. Please tell the usher if you have food or drink access requirements.

More questions?

Please email downtoearth@artscentremelbourne.com.au or call (03) 9281 8784.

Videos

Credits

Down to Earth has been made possible with thanks to the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Charitable Trust.

When

Saturday 10 June
10am, 11:15am, 1pm & 2:30pm

Sunday 11 June
11:15am, 1pm & 2:30pm

Duration: 45 minutes (no interval)

Venue

The Pavilion

Price range

$22 (accompanying carer or family member free)

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

A $4 Service Charge applies per order to bookings made online or by phone, mail, fax and email.

Payment Processing Charge

Where indicated during the booking process, a per ticket charge applies of 1.05% of the advertised ticket price when:

  • paying by card or gift voucher online, which are the only payment methods available
  • paying by card in person, by phone or mail

Optional Express Ticket Delivery

A $5.50 per order charge applies if you wish to have tickets sent by Express or Registered Post.

All prices include GST.

Read more about all fees

Notes

Suitable for ages 6 – 14

This is an Access Only Event for children with physical and complex disabilities.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for detailed information.

This performance is tailored for each child. Please complete all questions in the Booking Form.

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