The No Bang Theory is a musical journey from dating disasters to diagnosis through #actuallyautistic eyes.
Could there possibly be a better way to explain what we get wrong about autism than with show tunes and a blow up doll? Oliver Hetherington-Page doesn't think so. Oliver hates Sheldon Cooper. Perhaps he protests too much because why else would his first one-man cabaret be so heavily obsessed with the lead character of The Big Bang Theory. Simple. It’s time to set the record straight and what better way than with show tunes and stories? Oliver is an artist on the autism spectrum and he’s constantly fighting against the stereotypes popular culture tells the world about the condition. Authentic representation of autism stories on stage is the best way to defeat the Sheldon Cooper syndrome, according to Oliver. Sheldon is a science nerd. Oliver is a theatre kid. Sheldon is obsessed with trains. Oliver is hyper-fixated on musicals. Sheldon has a girlfriend. Oliver is desperately waiting that Big Bang. The No Bang Theory is a musical journey from dating disasters to diagnosis through #actuallyautistic eyes.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
Performances contain mild adult content and a dance with a blow up doll (comedic rather than sexual)
Oliver Hetherington-Page is an emerging independent artist with a passion to share his lived experience of autism with the world. He graduated from QUT with a BFA Drama (With Distinction) at the end of 2019. While the degree took three years, in truth he had been studying acting is whole life. For people on the autism spectrum like Oliver, social conventions often don’t come naturally so they spend their lives studying and imitating others. In short, Oliver was born to act.Since graduating, Oliver has volunteered for Imaginary Theatre and is a member of Indelabilityarts ensemble. Oliver began studying performance with Fame Theatre Company at age five and has also performed with Little Red Theatre Company, Brisbane Arts Theatre, Brisbane Youth Drama Ensemble, Harvest Rain and Studio Theatre. Oliver regularly reviews theatre for Theatre Haus and on his Podcast RideHomeReview. His first directorial effort Cramping My Style debuted as part of Short and Sweet in 2019. In 2021 he continued down the directorial path under the guidance of Catarina Hebbard assistant directing Anatomy of a Suicide at Metro Arts. He’s thrilled to bring the Full No Bang Theory to life as part of the 2021 Undercover Artist Festival.
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Unique Selling Point
#actuallyautistic stories written and performed by people on the spectrum are few and far between. Finally the world is slowly waking up to the importance of authentic representation and voices. Oliver Hetherington-Page is an emerging performer who refuses to hide his diagnosis but instead uses it as a means of setting the record straight. His faultless honesty, humour and musical theatre training combine to tell a funny yet heartfelt story about rejection and redemption - plus a desperate need to get laid
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Oliver will run workshops for teachers, parents or older school children about the autistic voice and experience, dealing with bullying and fitting in. He will work with autism groups in the regions and run acting or audition classes for young adults on the spectrum