The Reason I Jump


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.


This augmented reality experience gives permanence to the stories of Naoki and his gardeners. Available for Apple and Android devices and downloadable from the Google Play store and the App Store, the app invites audiences to walk through the meadow in search of labyrinth 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.

A second update to the app has now been 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.


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The Reason I Jump is supported by The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and The Mickel Fund. A percentage of the ticket price for The Reason I Jump will go towards The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow.


The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow

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.

Get directions.


Read the programme for The Reason I Jump

Creative team

Production team


Dramaturgy Pack

Dramaturgy Pack

As part of a placement from Glasgow University, Sanna McGregor produced a Dramaturgy Pack outlining the process of creating the dramaturgy of the show through a series of interviews with Graham Eatough, Clare Duffy and Andre Dekker.

Click here to download the Dramaturgy Pack.

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