Theatre of Education

There is a status currently doing the rounds on Facebook about teaching your children to be more understanding of those who are different.  This is the post:

I would just like to put this out there! If your kids are not around special needs kids at school and have never been taught that not everyone is the same then maybe you could take 10 min tonight to explain this to them because even though they may not be around these kids at school they will encounter them in their lives, as it should be.

In the light of recent events on the exclusion of a child who has autism from participating in a school trip and a child with Downs Syndrome being kicked out of dance class because she couldn’t keep up, I feel the need to share this. There are boys and girls that nobody invites to birthday parties. There are special kids who want to belong to a team but don’t get selected because it is more important to win than include these children. Children with special needs are not rare or strange, they only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted !!
For all the wonderful children out there.
Can I ask a question? Is there anyone willing to copy and paste this post to their wall without sharing it, like I did for those special children out there

Now I’m not one for copying and pasting statuses usually but this just encapsulates everything that we are trying to achieve with the Theatre of Education via Alphabetically Autistic. So go that one step further help us make it happen.  I see numerous times everyday how heartbroken people are at videos and stories of children with special needs being bullied.  Imagine being the parent of one of those children, we know the stats are way higher for it happening to our children and it makes me incredibly sad and fiercely protective.

Education as with everything in life is the key.

Putting Really Reilly on in schools or in theatre’s for public showing will really help children understand.  I cannot stand to see these children being mocked and believe me I have witnessed it on too many occasions.

Please help get Really Reilly to your child’s school and help us promote inclusion and acceptance for these kids, they deserve it.  Email alphaautistic@gmail.com for more information and booking.

Use your voice to make us heard.  Share this brilliant initiative.

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We need you!

I’m really excited this week as the plans move forward for Alphabetically Autistic.  We are now an official social enterprise.  A lot of people have asked me what a social enterprise is and for me the easiest way to describe it is ‘we work – society benefits’.  Simple as that.  It’s like getting paid to do good deeds.  It’s a place to channel energy into your passion for change. So for the first time in my life i’m a director! and it’s not director of hideous luck or director of cheap shoes.

Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate with a cup of Cafe Direct coffee? Watched Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Visited the Eden Project? Shopped at the Co-op? 

Well, then you already know a bit about social enterprises: businesses that are changing the world for the better. Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies.

Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so when they profit, society profits.  www.socialenterprise.org.uk

We will educate in schools via our Theatre of Education and short films, hold practical autism awareness sessions with guest speakers from the autistic community, The Life of Reilly stage play, counseling for people on the spectrum and their families,  business awareness sessions and also sell some great products.  We are developing ideas constantly to generally raise the bar with acceptance and understanding of autism.

Why a social enterprise?  Holding and keeping a job is so difficult with an autistic child.  Reilly has only just been full time in the last year but no morning is ever the same. If I had to clock in at 8.30am every morning I can guarantee it wouldn’t happen and  I need a job, really really need a job. Why not channel all the ideas that fly around in my wide awake head at 4am and make a difference with the added bonus of paying the mortgage and profits reinvested to further our cause.  I know my fellow directors  feel the same.  I give a lot of my time (unpaid) to mine and Kelly’s charity North East Hearts with Goals and I have 3 children one of which you know really well, the human whirlwind that is Reilly.  Future plans do I think Reilly will ever work and live independently?  I really don’t know and that’s why I need to work now and try and have everything in place for him.

To make Alphabetically Autistic work we need your help.  As a social enterprise we can fundraise to carry out these activities we can also apply for grants.  To make this dream a reality we must raise enough funds to actually start up for practical things.  Marketing materials etc.

That’s where you come in.

Crowdfunding for Really Reilly is a platform for community projects to achieve their aims.  We have a page to get Really Reilly into schools as soon as possible.  These performances will enable knowledge to flow naturally outside of school to local parks etc where autistic children are often mocked.

If you live locally and want to support us come along to our Rocking the Spectrum night.  Guaranteed to be a great night and help us get kickstarted.

tickets available here

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Please get behind us and make this happen. Come to our events, book into our sessions when we release them and share our work  xx

The Life of Reilly by Alison Stanley

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OK i’m excited! really really excited.  From what started as a blog for the autism awareness month in April we are nearly on 20k views from all over the world, some fantastic comments and lots of thank you’s for sharing what has become our very chaotic life with Reilly.

The Life of Reilly the play is happening!  Who wouldn’t want to see a play about an autistic adult looking back over his life with those quirky neuro-typicals (not  autistics).

The play will be based around The Life of Reilly our super cute, nearly 5 year old non verbal gerbil and as many of you will know from reading my prior posts there are laughs, there is heartbreak, there is despair but most importantly there is love.

I was extra excited when I found out yesterday that Reilly’s Dad will be played by the fabulous Glenn McCrory!  Obviously I knew who Glenn was but I didn’t know his story, I do now and I’m in awe.  I lost my brother too in 2003 and it leaves a black hole in your life that you teeter on the edge of everyday and try desperately not to be pulled in.  Anyone who overcomes and fights has my upmost respect because it’s hard!  Can’t wait to get cracking.

God I feel emotional!

Alison’s last play with her company The Red Diamond Theatre called  Bedsocks & Secrets all about dementia has received so much praise I know this will be a huge success.

Let’s keep autism at the forefront of the public eye, its  not going anywhere after all.

Tickets will be available to buy online soon.  You can register  interest for the play at alphaautistic@gmail.com or Red Diamond Theatre.

I hope you will all support us with The Life of Reilly and come along and see it.  I can guarantee a bittersweet experience and hopefully a new perspective on these awesome families struggling  every single day for acceptance.

Be kind as always you never know how much sleep they had last night.

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The Life of Reilly coming to a stage near you!

To say I am excited is understatement of the century.
I was approached by a lady called Alison Stanley in April when I began writing this blog. Alison from Red Diamond Theatre wanted to talk about taking The Life of Reilly to the stage! She had already been working on a play about an autistic adult looking back over his life from a small child and how he handled the scenarios that moulded his life. I imagine it to be bittersweet and will touch base with every emotion in the audience.

The young Reilly will be based on my very own little man and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of his best moments with her. Some funny, some heartbreaking. Alison is already well versed in everything autism as her own son is also on the spectrum, not the same as Reilly; quite the opposite in fact but like we always say you meet one child with autism you’ve met one child with autism because they are all unique.

Autism has never been more in the public eye than it is now and every new project gets people talking which in turn leads to a greater understanding and an easier life for autistic people and their parents. The A Word has done wonders. All of my friends and family watched it, it opened dialogue that they would never have dreamed to mention before. They get the stress and the utter desperation for normality portrayed by Alison Joes Mum and I have found they are kinder and a little more forgiving than before.

A play about autism would have me jumping for joy at the best of times but a play with traits of Reilly is just incredible. Alison has had great success in the past with plays at the Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Fringe which were greatly received! I cannot wait to see the results for The Life of Reilly.
I hope you will all support it when the time comes ❤️