The Reason I Jump

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A free augmented reality experience for visitors to the North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood in Glasgow.

Following the success of performances of the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of The Reason I Jump at Glasgow’s North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood last summer, the National Theatre of Scotland is happy to present a free app based on the production, for all ages.

About The Reason I Jump

Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese author, who was just 13 years old when he wrote the book The Reason I Jump, a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind works.

Conceived by award-winning Scottish artist Graham Eatough, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida, and designed by Observatorium, The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of The Reason I Jump was presented to critical acclaim in June 2018. Created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from early teens to 60 years old, the production was an outdoor performance experienced within a maze and featuring a labyrinth created by the local community.

In parallel with Naoki’s description of a profound relationship between people with autism and nature in his book, the outdoor setting of North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood in Glasgow offers an extraordinary environment for all of us to consider our place in the natural world.


The free app offers an augmented reality experience for visitors to the North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood who will be able to enjoy aspects of the The Reason I Jump through a specially developed digital experience, walking through the maze in search of labyrinthine marker-points. Once located – and viewed through the app – the marker points transform the surrounding space, filling it with sights and sounds. App Users will experience pop-up digital performances from the show, as well as music, stories and creative expressions gathered through a series of workshops with local young people on the autistic spectrum from High Park PS and Abercorn School.

The whole project is a celebration of neurodiversity through storytelling.

The app is available to download for free for Android and Apple devices and is downloadable from. itunes  and the  Google Play Store

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Try out the app online

Download this map of The Reason I Jump app to locate the interactive labyrinth markers and sample the app before your visit to the Children’s Wood.


You can also download an alternative hand-drawn map here.



The Children's Wood

The Children’s Wood on North Kelvin Meadow, and the Meadow itself, make up the last wild space in the west-end of Glasgow.

This space is vitally important to the community. Regular events are organised by the community in The Children’s Wood, designed to connect children to nature, raise aspirations and bring people together.

The Children’s Wood is located on Kelbourne Street in Glasgow’s West End.

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