The Reason I Jump


We’re excited about the upcoming National Theatre of Scotland performance of The Reason I Jump.  The play is based on a book by 13 year old autistic boy Naoki.  The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow will be the venue for the play.

There will be some restrictions to the land between the 4th of June and the end of June. For the most part this will not impact on you accessing the land, however there will be certain times of day when access will be restricted and we hope that everyone will support us with this.  For the play, there will be a maze and labyrinth covering the land; the labyrinth will become a permanent feature of the wood.  You can join in with the Labyrinth making event on the 5th of May. See here for more information about the Labyrinth event.  The National Theatre of Scotland will give a percentage of the ticket sales to the Children’s Wood; this will go back into the charity and looking after the land.

Tickets are on sale now

Welcome to Naoki’s Garden.

Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese boy, who was just 13 years old when he wrote the book The Reason I Jump, a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds. Now take a unique journey into his world and meet the magical gardeners of his outdoor maze.

In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium. There, you will encounter the stories and insights of Naoki’s gardeners and become immersed in his playful world.

This pioneering National Theatre of Scotland work was conceived by award-winning Scottish artist Graham Eatough and created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from early teens to 60 years old. A unique opportunity to think about the many different ways that human beings experience life.

Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.
Supported by The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust.

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