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Reason I Jump, The

Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese author, who was just 13 years old when he wrote the book The Reason I Jump, a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind works. Now take a unique journey into his world of fascinating insights and magical storytelling in this exciting new production from National Theatre of Scotland. Read more …

In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium. There, you will encounter the gardeners who will tell you about Naoki as well as their own experiences of autism.

Naoki describes a profound relationship between people with autism and nature. The outdoor setting of North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood in Glasgow offers an extraordinary environment for all of us to consider our place in the natural world.

This pioneering National Theatre of Scotland work was conceived by award-winning Scottish artist Graham Eatough and created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from early teens to 60 years old. A unique opportunity to understand different experiences of autism and think about the many ways in which all of our minds work.

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The critical consensus

It is, in its quiet way, as unforgettable and life-enhancing a show as I can recall seeing, in almost 40 years on the theatre trail.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 15/06/2018

This is a truly unique experience.

*****Clare Brennan, The Observer, 17/06/2018

With a recommended participation time of around an hour, the experience is one of total immersion while still feeling able to breathe clearly.

David Pollock, Exeunt, 18/06/2018

Given that the audience are encouraged to explore at their own pace, the lack of spontaneity as members are being led around is a little frustrating.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 02/07/2018

Features about Reason I Jump, The

Theatre interview: Graham Eatough on The Reason I Jump

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 04/06/2018

The Reason I Jump explores experiences of autism

Gareth K Vile, The List, 11/06/2018

The Reason I Jump: autism memoir becomes a theatre-maze in Scotland

Graham Eatough, The Guardian, 12/06/2018

Where and when?

The Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow from Monday June 11, 2018, until Saturday June 23, 2018. More info:

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