The National Theatre of Scotland presents
The Reason I Jump
based on the book by Naoki Higashida, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida Production conceived and directed by Graham Eatough, designed by Observatorium, dramaturgy by Clare Duffy, choreography by Zoe Halliday.
Full cast is Fletcher Mathers, Michael Dawson, Calum MacRitchie, Emma McCaffrey and Nicola Tuxworth with four young performers from schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire – Abercorn, St Crispins and Isobel Mair.
At The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow from 11 to 23 June 2018 Opening performance on 12 June 2018 at 7pm.
Leading Scottish artist and theatre-maker Graham Eatough directs and adapts The Reason I Jump, a new project exploring the realities and experience of living with autism. Inspired by the bestselling Naoki Higashida book of the same name, translated into English by Keiko Yoshida and Cloud Atlas-author David Mitchell in 2013, the piece takes the form of a unique site-specific installation in the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow in the summer of 2018.
Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese boy, who was just thirteen years old when he wrote the book The Reason I Jump, a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrated how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds. Now audiences will be invited to take a unique journey into his world and meet the magical gardeners of his outdoor maze.
In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium, which will take over the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow in Glasgow’s West End. There, audiences will encounter the stories and insights of Naoki’s gardeners and become immersed in his playful world.
This adaptation will be a unique blend of site-specific promenade performance and interactive installation, created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from 16 to 60 years old. During performances the piece will see audiences free to explore the outdoor maze, in which they will find storytellers and performances drawn from experiences in the book as well as the personal experiences of the performers themselves. At the centre of the maze is a stone labyrinth, constructed by members of the local community using reclaimed cobblestone from nearby Maryhill. Once the performance is complete, the labyrinth will remain in the meadow as a legacy for residents and visitors.
The Reason I Jump has its roots in a Scottish government initiative called Limitless, a collaboration between The National Theatre of Scotland, RCS, and the National Autistic Society Scotland which explored the potential of creative arts in engaging and encouraging work by and for autistic children, teenagers, and young adults.
Additional Box Office info
The Reason I Jump is ticketed and open from 7pm until 9.30pm (or 1pm until 3.30pm/ 12 noon until 2.30pm for matinees). It takes approximately 1 hour to walk through the maze and last entry is at 8:30pm) It is an outdoor maze so please dress appropriately for the weather. The ground is uneven so wheelchair and buggy/pram access is limited. There is some outdoor seating along the way if you need to rest.
Access info: all performances are open to all ages, and will be autism-friendly.
BSL performances on 15 and 23 June.
Audio described performance on 16 June.
Please call 0141 221 0970 for further information on these performances, companion tickets, wheelchair access or any other access information.
Please call 0141 221 0970 for information on school bookings.
From 11 June, remaining tickets can also be bought from a temporary box office at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.
Local ticket offer
All those living in postcodes G20 8, G20 9, G20 6, G20 7 are entitled to £5 tickets to Reason I Jump (normal price £8). These can be booked using the code G20. Proof of address will need to be brought when collecting tickets from the box office. https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/production/the-reason-i-jump/
The Reason I Jump is supported by The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and The Mickel Fund. A percentage of the ticket price for The Reason I Jump will go towards The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.
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