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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism by Jody O’Neill at Abbey Theatre

26 Oct - 20 Nov 2021 (Past)

Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism is a sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking journey into the world of autism, performed by autistic and non-autistic actors.

Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just wants these parents to stop talking for two minutes so he can get on with teaching their kids.

And Casper?

Casper is not here.

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism takes the audience on a highly theatrical journey. Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, it is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. The play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play celebrates autistic identity whilst offering deeper insight and understanding to non-autistic audiences.

All performances will be relaxed performances. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need. Each performance will be followed by a post-show talkback.

As well as live performances, What I (Don’t) Know About Autism will also be available to watch as a live-stream and on-demand. Irish Sign Language, British Sign Language, American Sign Language, Captioned and Audio-Described performances will be available on-demand.

Content Warning:

Although the show contains many moments of humour and lightness, it also contains discussion of the killing of a child, mistreatment of children, ableism, and childbirth. Brief violence, profane language, ableism, and alcohol usage depicted on stage. This show is suitable for ages 14+. Any instances of loud noise and music, are flagged in advance by performers each time during the show.

All performances are captioned

In-person performances: 26 October – 6 November

Sign language interpreted performance: Saturday 30 October at 8:00pm, Friday 5 November at 8:00pm, Saturday 6 November at 2:30pm.

Audio-described performance: Friday 5 November at 8:00pm, and Saturday 6 November, 2:30pm.

Listen to Programme Notes here [soundcloud]: https://soundcloud.com/adiarts/what-i-dont-know-about-autism-programme-notes-1

Live Stream (with captions): Wednesday 3 November 8pm

Also available on-demand:

On-demand captioned: 8 – 20 November

On-demand Irish, American and British sign language interpreted: 9 – 20 November

On-demand audio-described: 12 – 20 November

Book Tickets here [website]: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/what-i-dont-know-about-autism/

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