Autistic playwright needs funding to stage her show|
COVENTRY, UK: An autistic playwright from Coventry has penned an insightful performance about people living with the condition – but she needs help to fund it.
Reena Jaisiah says she hopes to dispel myths surrounding autism, but is looking for financial support to make the show a reality.
The 29-year-old supply teacher, from Foleshill, needs around £10,000 to fulfil her dream of staging the play during national Autism Awareness Month in October.
Reena said: “Although I am dyslexic, I decided to go into teaching because I see myself in some of the kids that struggle. I remember what it’s like to be the slow one in class and my play aims to educate people about living with autism. Autism isn’t a disease, it’s just a different style of living life.”
She has joined forces with musical director Joanne Louise to create the performance, entitled Platforms and Trainers, which tells the tale of twins, one of whom has autism.
Actors are currently rehearsing the play at All Souls Church in Chapelfields and a full orchestra is working on a musical accompaniment.
Joanne Louise said: “The main aim of Platforms and Trainers is to raise awareness of autism, make people realise it’s not an ‘out there’ condition but something everyone can relate to.”
Contact Joanne on 07849 129937 or email: email@example.com if you can help.
(Source: Coventry Telegraph, June 1, 2009)