My Son’s Not Rainman by John Williams

Sunday 30th April 2017, 6.30pm in Aphra Theatre (Buy Tickets)

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

One man, one autistic boy, a million adventures’. John is a comedian and single dad. His son is twelve years old and autistic. He isn’t a genius. His only special power is making his dad laugh. A lot. This is their story.

Positive Triggers

The show is a positive view of bringing up a child who sees the world differently. It largely covers school (particularly special schools) and the joy of seeing the world through a different lens. Reference is made to Ben 10, Power Rangers, Lion King, Minecraft, Blue Tac, chocolate cake and trains (in particular the Docklands Light Railway!)

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): No

What is the audience lighting level?: Slightly dimmed

Flashing Lights or strobe: None

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): The show is divided into six or seven ‘sections’. At the end of each section a piece of music plays and words appear on the screen (lasting approx. twenty seconds). Approximately five minutes into the show, the audience are asked to clap and cheer a short video (featuring Lion King). Notice will be given that this is about to occur.

Repetitive noises: None

Drums: None

High-pitched tones: None

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): None

Is there background sound/music: Only the music interludes mentioned above

Interactivity and Participation

Audience invited on stage: No

Artist goes into the audience: No

Workshop/manual activity: No

Are participants required to…

Walk around: No

Undertake directed movement: Only at the start when asked to clap and cheer the video described above – participation is by no means necessary!

Read: There are some quotes shown on a screen to end each section, but the ability to read them should not deter from the show itself

Draw: No

Construct things: No

Paint: No

Sing: No

Participate in pairs or groups with others: No

Please include any other notes you feel will be helpful:

In terms of age limits for the show, I tend to recommend age 15+. There is some light swearing in the show (quoting children!)

Attention Span Information

Show duration: 60 mins

Is there an intermission: No

Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: Yes, but should feel free to come and go!

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

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: no

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: No

Are balloons used in your show: No

Do any of the characters in your show express anger: Yes, although only through stories told (biting is talked about)

To what extent is your show dialogue driven: Stand up comedy, so mainly dialogue driven