Welcome to Naoki’s Garden
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. Now take a unique journey into his world of fascinating insights and magical storytelling in this exciting new production from National Theatre of Scotland.
In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium. There, you will encounter the gardeners who will tell you about Naoki as well as their own experiences of autism.
Naoki describes a profound relationship between people with autism and nature. 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.
This pioneering National Theatre of Scotland work was conceived by award-winning Scottish artist Graham Eatough and created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from early teens to 60 years old. A unique opportunity to understand different experiences of autism and think about the many ways in which all of our minds work.
Andre Dekker (Observatorium)Set Design
Geert van de Camp (Observatorium)Set Design
Zoe HallidayMovement Director
Ellie GriffithsAssistant Director
Aileen SherryCostume Designer
Gavin GloverMask Design and Creation
Laura Donnelly CDGCasting Director
- The Reason I Jump | short documentary
- The Reason I Jump | Trailer
- The Reason I Jump | Welcome to Naoki’s garden
- The Reason I Jump | App