Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just needs these parents to be quiet for two minutes so he can get on with teaching their kids.
And Casper? Casper is not here.
What I (Don’t) Know About Autism is a sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking look at the world of autism. It uses narrative, song and dance in an exploration of this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.
Inspired by the writer’s own experience with autism and performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, the play celebrates autistic identity whilst offering deeper insight and understanding to non-autistic audiences.
All performances include a post-show talkback.
Funded by the Arts Council, Wicklow County Council and Dublin City Council. Co-produced by the Abbey Theatre in association with Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre and The Everyman. Supported by AsIAm, Middletown Centre for Autism, KCAT, Triple A, Rough Magic and Fishamble New Play Company.
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Cast: Shay Croke, Matthew Ralli, Paula McGlinchey, Jayson Murray, Jody O’Neill, Eleanor Walsh
Producer: Melissa Nolan
Writer: Jody O’Neill
Director: Dónal Gallagher
Choreographer: Cindy Cummings
Set and Costume Design: Medb Lambert
Lighting Design: Eoin Winning
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
Production Manager: Anthony Hanley
PR: Dairne O’Sullivan
Graphic Design: BLAM
Stage Manager: Cian Mulhall
Assistant Stage Manager: Shannon Cowen
Content Warning: Although the show contains many moments of humour and lightness, it also contains discussion of the killing of a child, mistreatment of children, ableism, and childbirth. Brief violence, profane language, ableism, and alcohol usage depicted on stage. Loud noises and music. This show is suitable for ages 16+. Instances of loud noise and music are flagged by performers each time during the show.