Work-in-development and Q&A

What I (Don't) Know About Autism by Jody O'Neill

I wrote What I (Don’t) Know About Autism in response to my experiences as a mother of a young autistic child and my own subsequent diagnosis. It is a part-fictional, part-factual journey into the world of autism, performed by a cast of autistic and neurotypical actors. I hope it will bring a greater understanding about autism to all who see it, and be part of a long-overdue shift towards celebration and acceptance of autistic identity.

Building on a week-long development at the Abbey Theatre, we will use our time at Mermaid to develop the play further. As part of that process, we would love as many people as possible to join us for a work-in-progress showing. There will be a Q&A session afterwards that will give you, the audience, an opportunity to feed into the development of this unique piece of theatre.

- Jody O'Neill

The play is directed by Donal Gallagher, choreographed by Cindy Cummings and produced by Melissa Nolan. It is funded by the Arts Council, Wicklow County Council, Mermaid Arts Centre, the Abbey Theatre and Everyman Theatre with additional support from Rough Magic, Fishamble New Play Company, KCAT, AsIAm and Triple A Wicklow.

Image credit: Brianna Hurley