A Jody O’Neill and Abbey Theatre co-production

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

This show is taking place in the Abbey Theatre. Tickets are available for in-person, live-stream and also on-demand.

Please use the Promo Code ‘MERMAID’ when booking your ticket!

The return of the 2020 sold-out production. What I (Don’t) Know About Autism is a sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking journey into the world of autism, performed by autistic and non-autistic actors.

Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just wants these parents to stop talking 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 takes the audience on a highly theatrical journey. Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, it is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. The play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play celebrates autistic identity whilst offering deeper insight and understanding to non-autistic audiences.

All performances will be relaxed performances. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need.

As well as live performances, What I (Don’t) Know About Autism will also be available to watch on-demand. Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performances will be available as part of the on-demand offer.

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. This show is suitable for ages 14+. Any instances of loud noise and music, are flagged in advance by performers each time during the show.


Funded by the Arts Council. Supported by Arts & Disability Ireland, AsIAm.

Originally produced in association with Mermaid Arts Centre and The Everyman.


★★★★ A 'riveting new play' The Irish Times

★★★★ 'an innovative theatrical experience that makes light work of heavy themes.' The Arts Review


  • Cast: Shay Croke
  • Cast: Paula McGlinchey
  • Cast: Jayson Murray
  • Cast: Jody O'Neill
  • Cast: Matthew Ralli
  • Cast: Eleanor Walsh
  • Writer: Jody O’Neill
  • Producer: Melissa Nolan
  • Director: Dónal Gallagher
  • Choreographer: Cindy Cummings
  • Set and Costume Design: Medb Lambert
  • Lighting Design: Eoin Winning
  • Composer and Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
  • Stage Manager: Cian Mulhall
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Shannon Cowan
  • Dramaturg : Louise Stephens’
  • Cast Liaison Officer: Georgina McKevitt
  • Film Production: Tiny Ark
  • Graphic Design: Frank Prendergast and BLAM