Fringe Shows 2019
This year’s fringe festival is set to be busier than ever and this is why we have compiled a quick and easy guide with all of the shows we could find that feature autism as a topic. We’ve taken these descriptions from the Fringe Festival website and compiled them into one place so you can see at a glance what’s happening at this year’s festival. It should be noted that we have not reviewed or seen these shows and just suggestions based only on topic. If you know of any others, please let us know!
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs from 2nd of August to the 26th of August, with venues all across the city.
Life of Reilly
Living in a world where people don't say what they mean or mean what they say can be tricky, and Reilly has questions. Like why is strip lighting everywhere? Why are disgusting smelly crisps even legal? Why are clothes so scratchy and why don't you understand? Growing up with autism can be difficult. Growing up with autism, a stressed mother, a father in denial and a granny who believes all you need is a smacked backside is far worse... What's it like to have autism? I don't know... what's it like not to?
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/life-of-reilly
The pieces of the puzzle that make up Laura’s brain don’t seem to fit. When the world doesn’t make sense to her, at school she is labelled problematic. The relationships that Laura has with her mother, teacher and self, highlight that we cannot always see what is in front of us, whether barriers are circumstance or subconscious. It takes just a moment to change everything and begin a new way of thinking. Returning after a 2016 sell-out, Fox & Hound premiere new play Hindsight. Shortlisted for the 2016 David MacLennan writing Award.
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hindsight
A comedy about the autistic spectrum. Everybody's on it. Diagnosed at a young age with autistic spectrum disorder, American comedian Anders Lee dives headfirst into questions of education, social cues, diagnosis and what it truly means to be dumb. Through jokes and stories, Lee reflects on his own experience growing up with an autism label as well as the dark, eugenicist history of the diagnosis itself. 'Funny, heartwarming and thought-provoking' **** (LiveLondonPost.com). 'It is thanks to dedicated people like Lee that we can fight ignorance and acquire a more open-minded approach' **** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk):
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/dummy
The Shipping Forecast has stopped ships becoming wrecks since 1911. Now it helps James cope with his mother's death. James' step-father, Alan, must learn to connect with an autistic child who is his sole responsibility. When James decides that he and Tobias, his imaginary friend, are going to travel to Scotland because of the Shipping Forecast, Alan is forced to accompany them. A raging storm confines the pair to their rooms and forces them to listen to each other for the first time. A complex, but touching, story about living with autism and storm warnings in Cromarty.
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/50-words
'Be strong. Keep your head up. Knock 'em dead.' Lee has autism, Zara has CHARGE syndrome and Kirsty has Cerebral Palsy. They eat rules, boxes and labels for breakfast. Just wait til you meet their alter egos. Access All Areas-supported artists The BareFace Collective present Fix Us: a funny, defiant new show about three wild, wicked and wonderful individuals – and their equally outrageous stage personas. Cheeky, sexy and full of charm... BareFace show you who they really are.
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/fix-us
Stealth Aspies – Aspies Anonymous
Sarah, Alain, Janine, Hannah and Paul return to Edinburgh to share the life stories of other autistic people. Stories, poems and anything – you never know. The show is written from our online surveys and the company members' experiences. Be moved, amused and empowered. Meet us afterwards if you want. Share our lives. 'The sense of community in the room is unmistakable – slang and inside jokes explode in a collective glee, and empathy buzzes in the air. Here no one need be anything other than themselves' **** (AYoungerTheatre.com):
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/stealth-aspies-aspies-anonymous
Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show
The fifth year of the world unique audience autism conversion show faces new issues. The organiser of the protest outside of the Southwark Playhouse this year, Paul Wady aims to demonstrate how he is not your autistic puppet, whilst keeping the same fun and energy up. Join in and see what happens? Discover new politics within the global autistic underground. Dare you change your mind and your life, and join the neuro-rebellion redefining "normal"? What are "Neuro Elitists" and "Real Autistics" in 2019?
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/guerilla-aspies-year-five-not-an-autism-puppet-show
Already stocking nearly 60 local and UK artists, illustrators and makers, Resident Asperger Artist, blogger and local character Garry Mckenzie has curated a unique collection of art, statements and stereotypes from his asperger and autistic followers on Instagram in which he aims to convey a better understanding of the 'Aspergers Gift'. Being able to communicate with fellow aspies on social media has enabled Garry to recognise and reduce anti-social frustrating conduct and focus on the creative side and share that experience.
For more information including dates, time and venue visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/exhibition-spectrum
Outwith these shows there are also a host of relaxed performances happening at this year’s fringe. Full listings with dates and times can be found here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#fq=relaxed_performance%3Atrue&q=*%3A*