The Reason I Jump
11/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
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.
Selected performance are BSL Interpreted and Audio described for audiences who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing,
BSL performances will be taking place on Friday 15 June at 7pm and Saturday 23 June at 1pm.
An Audio Described performance will take place on Saturday 16 June at 1pm.
Please note: We have recently installed a new box office system. If you are experiencing booking problems please email email@example.com or contact us via our social channels. Alternatively you can call us at Rockvilla on 0141 221 0970 during office hours (10am – 6pm).
Those living in postcodes G20 6, G20 7, G20 8 and G20 9 are entitled to £5 tickets to The Reason I Jump.
Book now and the discount will become visible in your basket.
Please note: You will be asked for proof of address at the box office – driving licence or utility bill with your name on it. Please enter your postcode with a space in the middle, after registering your postcode the system may take up to an hour to process and make the discount available to you.
It will take approximately 60 mins to walk through the maze. Last entry is at 8:30pm.
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.
Watch the trailer for The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump is ticketed and open from 7pm until 9.30pm (or 1pm until 3.30pm/ 12 noon until 2.30pm for matinees). It takes approximately 1 hour to walk through the maze and last entry is at 8:30pm)
It is an outdoor maze so please dress appropriately for the weather. The ground is uneven so wheelchair and buggy/pram access is limited. There is some outdoor seating along the way if you need to rest.
The Reason I Jump is open to all ages.
The Reason I Jump is Autism friendly. There will be a dedicated breakout space within the site. Please note, the performance contains music and one scene will contain an element of fire.
BSL and Audio described performances can be booked directly through our website. Please call 0141 221 0970 for further information on these performances, companion tickets, wheelchair access or any other access information.
Please call 0141 221 0970 for information on schools bookings.
From 11 June, remaining tickets can also be bought from a temporary box office at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. The Box Office will be open from one hour before the performance.
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.
Watch videos about the production
Read the full review
""...autistic performers who generously give of themselves and their personal experiences, with unstinting honesty and humour.""The Herald
If you missed our live Facebook broadcast from the rehearsal room, check out the recording below
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.
Read the programme for The Reason I Jump
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.
National Autistic Society ScotlandLink to website