Autistics Anonymous by Stealth Aspies

Sunday 28th April, 1.30 – 2.30pm

Jarman Studio 1

The Stealth Aspies are Britain’s first entirely autistic theatre company. Intimate and enlightening, their show explores autism in a light-hearted and truthful way, combining verbatim testimonies with original poetry, from those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (aspies) and autism in later life.

You are invited to share a glimpse of real autistic subculture, starkly contrasting its media representation, presented through the lens of adults who live the autism experience every day. With words from a variety of diagnosed autistic adults taken directly from their real-life experiences, including the Stealth Aspies themselves and others.

‘The sense of community in the room is unmistakable – slang and inside jokes explode in a collective glee, and empathy buzzes in the air. Here no one need be anything other than themselves.’ ★★★★ A Younger Theatre

‘Recommended for anyone wanting to have a truer, more rounded appreciation of the nuances of the Autistic Spectrum.’ Disability Arts Online

Key Themes

Poetry & words, Personal histories, Life experiences of people of all ages, Psychology

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): No

What is the audience lighting level?: House lights down

Flashing Lights or strobe: No

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Only occasional loud talking from the performers.

Repetitive noises: No

Drums: No

High-pitched tones: No

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): No

Is there background sound/music: Pre /post show – none during the performance.

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: No
  • Read: No
  • Draw: No
  • Construct things: No
  • Paint: No
  • Sing: No
  • Participate in pairs or groups with others: No

Other Details:

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: No

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

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

Please include any other notes you feel will be helpful: n/a

Attention Span Information

Is there an intermission: 5 mins – stim & chill break (performers will announce).

Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: Yes – but can move around if necessary.

Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Noise – ideally not. Moving – where necessary. Performers will offer a stim & chill break.

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: Yes – 1-2 mins

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: Some passionate opinions may be perceived as angry, depending on context. Nothing is communicated deliberately as anger in the show.

To what extent is your show dialogue driven: Heavily

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