Adventures of Super Aspie Grrrl by Annette Foster

Sunday 30th April, 4.30pm in Aphra Theatre (Buy Tickets)

£7.50, £5 Conc.  20% off when you buy tickets to three or more events.

This is a call out to all the women and non-binary/trans people of autism; to speak out, to tell your story and celebrate our unusual perspectives. We need to band together and collectively share our experience of autism spectrum to the world, to dispel stereotypes of autism that are male biased and essentialist. Let’s celebrate Neurodiversity, let’s set the record straight.

This autobiographical show is to kick start a three year project where I aim to find and work with the lost women and non-binary/trans people of autism. To give voice to a lost generation of autistic people, and to create collaboratively; visual, performance and live art pieces, which will explore how to better give voice to peoples experiences of neurodiversity.

These collaborative performances aim to articulate what it looks/ feels/ smells/ tastes/ sounds like to be a minority gendered person on the autistic spectrum.

I was one of the lost people of autism and I don’t want to feel lost anymore. I was diagnosed at the age of 39 years old, after years of misdiagnosis, after years of confusion, frustration and feeling like an outsider. I have an answer, I am autistic! This performance is about my own autobiographical experience of autism, in my own unique, quirky and creative way I explore what it means to me to be autistic and where I go from here.

Positive Triggers

This show is about my own autobiographical experience of ASC. Up until 5 years ago I was one of the lost women of autism. I was diagnosed when I was 39 years old after years of misdiagnosis and struggling with mental health issues. This is an interactive performance art piece.

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): No. When video is on the lights will go down but not total black out.

What is the audience lighting level?: Same as performer for part of the performance

Flashing Lights or strobe: No

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Music, but it won’t be too loud.

Repetitive noises: No

Drums: No

High-pitched tones: No

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): Telephone rings – ringtone Wonderwoman

Is there background sound/music: No

Interactivity and Participation

Audience invited on stage: Yes, at one point.

Artist goes into the audience: no

Workshop/manual activity: Audience will be asked to do simple things such as say hello, to me clap for me, walk into a space taped on the floor, whisper a message into one audience members ear.

Are participants required to…

Walk around: Yes

Undertake directed movement: Yes

Read: No

Draw: No

Construct things: No

Paint: No

Sing: No

Participate in pairs or groups with others: Y,es whispering task and as a large group.

Other Details:

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: N/A

If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: Yes

If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: Yes

Attention Span Information

Show duration: 1 hour

Is there an intermission: No

Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: No

Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: Yes 5 min- I introduce myself to the audience as a group and ask them to say hello to me as a group. If that is what you mean.

Senses, Emotions and Effects

Does your show have any distinctive smells: No

Does your show have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): No

Does your show involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: Yes- applique quilt piece make by artists

Are balloons used in your show: No

Do any of the characters in your show express anger: No

To what extent is your show dialogue driven: This show is half dialogue and half performance movement.

Are there any props in the performance that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned: No