Directed by Nancy Medina, Zodwa Nyoni’s The Darkest Part of the Night shares the experience of a young, autistic Black boy, Dwight. The play follows his diagnostic process in 1980s Leeds. Tenderly by Lee Phillips, he is a young man full of joy – he loves to dance, listen to music, and play “the adventure game” with his sister Shirley, the rules of which are never really explained.
A lot has been said about All in a Row online (especially on Twitter around #puppetgate) – about the play itself, its depiction of autism and its use of a puppet in portraying the non-verbal autistic 11-year-old character. At a post-show forum, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock moderated an event taking the conversation offline.
Patch of Blue, the company responsible for We Live By the Sea, specialises in devised theatre that expands the conventional scope of audiences and here they share the life of a 15-year-old woman on the autistic spectrum.
New York’s Lincoln Center invited UK-based Oily Cart to be one of three theatres from outside the US to perform at the Big Umbrella Festival, the first of its kind dedicated to such audiences.
How would you cope if your partner was diagnosed with autism? Mike Heath’s new play The Big Things, now running at London’s Baron’s Court Theatre until 5 May, traces one couple’s journey and how it affects them and their partnering. Watch these lovely behind-the-scenes videos with the show’s stars May Cunningham and Matthew John Wright from the rehearsal room – and then get booking!
How many autistic adults are undiagnosed? Mike Heath’s new play The Big Things gets its world premiere tonight (18 April 2018) at London’s Baron’s Court Theatre, where it runs until 5 May, including a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on 27 April. Check out our bumper photo galleries – and then get booking!
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
A lovely good news story for the start of the year comes from Liverpool actor Lewis Bray, who set up a modest crowdfunding campaign to raise the last bit of cash to take his one-man show on the road and hit his target in less than 24 hours.
Donny Stixx is a teenaged magician with boundless dedication to his craft and desperation for fame. Rather than doing things that boys his age normally do, he spends hours honing his skills and tweaking the act he performs.
The special preview of He Ain’t Heavy from Grania Pickard and her newly formed company, Oddly Moving Circus Theatre, was accompanied an invitation to a group of local writers and circus enthusiasts, facilitated by The Circus Diaries.