I forgot there was a teacher training day today. I opened Reilly’s diary on Thursday to the words enjoy your long weekend, eh? what? NO I NEED him in school. I have been looking forward to this day for weeks.
Today was audition day for the play The Life of Reilly. A new character will join the cast playing the part of Reilly’s friend. We decided immediately after the last show that we should be looking to cast actually autistic actors. It just makes sense, a no brainer.
After seeing Ellis out the door this morning on a trip to High Borrans I managed to get into Newcastle with seconds to spare while grandad Ken took Reilly on a bus trip to Whitley Bay (only 2 meltdowns but epic ones 😩).
The actors were asked to read Reilly’s initial monologue. Not easy as he’s talking to a pretend therapist at the back of the auditorium. They were awesome. Obviously I can’t say too much as there are still people to audition but I was genuinely blown away.
There is some amazing talent out there, I’d be nervous as hell to walk out in front of strangers and perform, in fact I don’t think I could do it. To see these people transform with booming voices, accents and gestures is outstanding. Let’s not forget some autistic people often walk hand in hand with anxiety daily, this was no small task.
I felt really proud today. I loved listening to everyone’s stories about how and why they became interested in acting and can see Alphabetically Autistic and Red Diamond Theatre working on some amazing projects in the future. More opportunities for these amazing people xx
You can buy tickets for The Life of Reilly at Northern Stage. 21st September.
Please come along and support this amazing production.