The Reason I Jump

The National Theatre of Scotland's immersive outdoor adaptation of 'The Reason I Jump' will open at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow as part of this year's West End Festival!

The Reason I Jump

About The Reason I Jump

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.

Join the conversation: #TheReasonIJump

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Reason I Jump are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Theatre Events you might like...

One Night of Queen
One Night of Queen
17th August 2018
Kings Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre
One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
The Dreamboys
The Dreamboys
18th August 2018
Kings Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre
Catch The Dreamboys when they return to Glasgow's Kings Theatre with their brand new show and UK tour for 2018!
51 Shades Of Maggie
51 Shades Of Maggie
23rd Aug 2018 - 25th Aug 2018
Kings Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre
51 Shades of Maggie returns to the stage this August starring the original Scottish Maggie, River City and Gary: Tank Commander star Leah MacRae!

ASN Events you might like...

Culzean’s Big Bat Weekend
Culzean’s Big Bat Weekend
17th Aug 2018 - 18th Aug 2018
Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole
Learn all about the bats that live in Culzean Country Park on a late night walk with the rangers at Culzean’s Big Bat Weekend!
Autism Friendly Hours
Autism Friendly Hours
19th August 2018
Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow South Side
Join Glasgow Science Centre for their monthly Autism Friendly Hours - all the same fun to be had, but with much less hustle and bustle on a Sunday morning!
Include Me 2 Club - Mega Mondays
Include Me 2 Club - Mega Mondays
20th August 2018
The Reidvale Centre, Glasgow East End
The Include Me 2 Club bring their Mega Mondays club for adults aged 18yrs+ with ASN to the East End of Glasgow!

Family and Kids Events you might like...

Books at the Botanics
Books at the Botanics
15th August 2018
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow West End
Glasgow's Book Fair, Books at the Botanics, is held every month in the Hopkirk building at Glasgow's Botanic Gardens!
Bounce and Rhyme
Bounce and Rhyme
15th August 2018
Various Locations Glasgow
Bounce and Rhyme are free and fun sessions for parents, carers and children 3 or under held weekly in several Glasgow Libraries!
Toddlers Tales
Toddlers Tales
15th August 2018
Various Locations Glasgow
Toddlers Tales are free and fun sessions for parents, carers and children aged 3-5 held weekly in Glasgow Libraries!

Find other events in Glasgow

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

GlasGLOW
This Halloween, step into a magical world full of light, fantasy and fun when GlasGLOW comes to Glasgow's Botanic Gardens courtesy of itison!
George Ezra
Bristol-based singer/songwriter George Ezra has announced he'll return to Glasgow in 2019 with a night at The SSE Hydro on March 15th!
Kirkintilloch Canal Festival
The annual Kirkintilloch Canal Festival promises a swashbuckling mix of family fun, boat trips, live music & fireworks!
Open Air Cinema: Back to the Botanics
Visit West End's Open Air Cinema is returning to the Botanic Gardens between the 16th and 19th August with a celebration 1980s sci-fi classics including Blade Runner and Back to the Future!
Brick Wonders
Historic Environment Scotland presents Brick Wonders at Glasgow Cathedral featuring recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world, curated by artist Warren Elsmore!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »