Plan A ( working title ) is an immersive theatre experience that gives the audience an insight into what it is like for Adults with Autism navigating this world.
Plan A is a celebration of neuro-diversity and the different ways in which we experience and communicate with the world around us. The audience will take an active role, interacting with the space and performers through a series of games, puzzles and sensory experiences.
We want to question the template we all use to navigate day to day tasks and become aware of its nuances and our own hard wired instincts.
When in our lives is this silent code wired into us? How are we all ( more or less ) able to read the intricacies of verbal and non-verbal communication with little to no consideration. What are the differences for ‘neuro-typicals’ in comparison with those with Autism?
We don’t want to be prescriptive or patronise: this is not ‘The autism show’ to preach to the converted. The aim is to give the audience an understanding of the different challenges and furnish them with practical skills, to support adults with Autism in a bold and very Bristol fashion.
The project is in partnership with Matthew Trerise, who is the training and liaison lead for the NHS autism diagnostic service for adults in Bristol. He delivers specialist autism training and provides clinical supervision to professionals, with a specific focus on criminal justice issues and employment. We’re excited to begin this project with a residency at the Tobacco factory in the beginning of September and are looking for a wide range of creatives to explore the subject with us.
We are currently reaching out to collaborators with lived experience or personal knowledge of Autism. This may be that you have a diagnosis yourself, have experience of providing support or have a member of your family who is Autistic.
We’re particularly interested in people with experience designing games, visual artists, video mapping, VR, audio engineers, sound scape designers and performers from a physical theatre or movement based backround.
At the moment we can’t offer any money . It is the intention to use the residency to amass material and create a strong body of work and a profile to apply for funding. This project has a strong case to be funded in the future though I appreciate that ‘in the future’ doesn’t put food on the table right now. I’m asking for skills and time on good will and passion for the subject. I believe that all artists should be paid fairly for their work. I’m not going to insult you by offering exposure, exposure is something that people die of and this project isn’t about that. It isn’t about us, our profile or ego. It’s about an exceptional group in our society navigating this world without an advocate. We, as artists are just ultilising the skills we have to help them be better understood.
There will be biscuits.
If this has sparked a creative idea within you or if you’d like to know more about the project then please get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you
The Tobacco Factory