An autistic actor. Two characters from... where? And who exactly is the audience?

Chase the Feeling is a fast-paced satirical assassination of theatre and autism. Inspired by the classic cannon of theatrical literature and performance genres it is at once poignant, absurd and deeply emotional; outrageous and profound... and it’s got an inspirational sports montage sequence.

Tahlia is on the autism spectrum living life amongst people and systems that make her disabled. But she isn't. And despite being abandoned by the people and institutions that are meant to help, she will find her own voice and speak proudly about herself. Tahlia wants to be an actor so she can make others understand how it feels to be her. With the help of two characters from her sub conscious Tahlia (and you) will explore the mysterious existentialism and enigmatic universe of the theatre.

"multi-layered, genre-busting theatre" Benjamin Orchard, Stage Whispers, 2016

  • drama, comedy
  • 60
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: I am ten years old. I have just moved to the city from the country. I am the target, for everyone. On my first day at school. I look over the quadrangle to see the school hoods, the cool guys, eyeing me off, checking me out, sizing me up. Long trousers, brown leather shoes, a long sleeve collard shirt tucked into them. Easy target. Righto, send in Jamie. Jamie. The smallest of the group. Little person syndrome. I thought he was their mascot. He starts insulting me. I’m stunned. Then he starts to push me.


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