The Reason I Jump App


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 augmented reality exploration of the North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood in Glasgow.

The app has been created as part of an exciting new production of The Reason I Jump from National Theatre of Scotland, 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. In this innovative adaptation, which took place in Glasgow in June 2018, the book became an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium. 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.


In support of the production, this augmented reality experience gives permanence to the stories of Naoki and his gardeners, which populated North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood in June 2018. Available for Android and Apple devices and downloadable from the Google Play store and the App Store, the app invites audiences to walk through the meadow in search of labyrinthine marker-points. Once located – and viewed through the app – the marker points begin to transform the surrounding space, once again filling it with the sights and sounds of the performances.

In June 2018, an update to the app was released. Working much in the same way, the update breathes life into the space, occupying it with music, stories and creative expressions gathered through a series of workshops with young people on the autistic spectrum, celebrating neurodiversity through storytelling.

This pioneering National Theatre of Scotland work was a unique opportunity to understand different experiences of autism and think about the many ways in which all of our minds work.

Getting Here

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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