Great to see Ben Weatherill’s play about the relationship between a woman with Down’s Syndrome and a non-disabled man getting a transfer to the NT after its Bush run last year. I really loved this tender and complex story about Kelly (played by Sarah Gordy) and Neil whose burgeoning relationship is the subject of scrutiny from both family and others. I am going to see it again and hope it will feel as fresh as before as it probes difficult questions around vulnerability, over-protectiveness and who is and isn’t allowed to pick their partner.
This delicate & truthful low-key romance arrives at the National from the Bush Theatre. It asks whether everyone really does have the right to love as they choose. You see, Kelly and Neil are in love. But Kelly has Down’s Syndrome and her mum is struggling to accept their relationship.
Kelly likes dirty jokes and finding creatures washed up on the shore. Neil likes Kelly, who makes him dizzy and breathless. But Agnes, Kelly’s mum, struggles to accept their new relationship. Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose? All performances of Jellyfish will play in a more relaxed performance environment. There will be a more relaxed approach to making noise during the show, and coming in and out of the auditorium if you need to. If you need a break, there will be a chill-out space available in the Dorfman foyer close to the auditorium.