The Reason I Jump
How does it feel when you see the world entirely differently to the people around you?
Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese boy, 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 thinks, feels, perceives, and responds.
In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience: a mysterious and beautiful series of outdoor mazes designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium, where you can encounter the sometimes enigmatic, often surprisingly wise and always playful Naoki. The audience is taken on an exciting and mysterious journey of discovery into the Naoki’s world, encountering his band of spirited players and the stories that they tell along the way.
This pioneering National Theatre of Scotland work was conceived by renowned Scottish artist Graham Eatough and created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from 16 to 60 years old. Ultimately it offers all of us the opportunity to think about the many different ways that human beings experience life.
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.
Based on the book by Naoki Higoshida,
Translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida
Conceived and directed by Graham Eatough
Designed by Observatorium
Dramaturgy by Clare Duffy
Choreography by Zoe Halliday
Company includes Michael Dawson, Calum MacRitchie, Emma McCaffrey and Nicola Tuxworth
A new site-specific performance, in Glasgow in June 2018. Exact dates and venue to be announced soon.