You Know We Belong Together: Julia Hales Lives Her Dream

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'You Know We Belong Together' 'You Know We Belong Together' Image © Richard Jefferson

The smash-hit show 'You Know We Belong Together' returns for an encore season at Perth's Heath Ledger Theatre, following its sell-out 2018 premiere.

The uplifting performance, written by and starring Julia Hales, is a first-person account of her experiences as an actor, daughter, and person with Down syndrome.

And, if you hadn't guessed from the title, the long-running beachside soap opera 'Home And Away', forms an integral part of the show. Appearing in the show is superfan Julia's lifelong dream. She even wrote herself a character (Claire, Alf's grand-daughter).

'You Know We Belong Together' is dedicated to Julia's late mother, who encouraged her daughter to fulfil her ambitions – including taking up residence in Summer Bay.

Together with the ensemble cast,  Julia has devised a production that employs song, dance, and multimedia to create a joyful celebration of community spirit.

Artistic Director Clare Watson says, “While this is a play about Down syndrome that calls with no uncertainty for inclusivity, understanding, and better representation of disability on screen, it is also a completely universal story about love, about loss, about family, and about friendships.”

'You Know We Belong Together plays Heath Ledger Theatre at Heath Ledger Theatre (State Theatre Centre of WA) from 20-31 March.

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