Ground-breaking new play to take young autistic audiences on a jungle adventure

Replay Theatre Company is touring TRIBE, a bespoke new play for young autistic audiences, to special schools across Northern Ireland, with a world premiere at Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Belfast-based Replay Theatre Company is among the world leaders in inclusive children’s theatre, with over 30 years of experience in providing high quality arts adventures for younger audiences. TRIBE, a first-of-its-kind show that the company has created specifically for autistic and/or neurodivergent young people aged 8-18, will spend week-long residencies in special schools across September and October, after premiering to an invited audience at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

Andrew Stanford, Inclusion Lead Artist at Replay and the director of the show, says, “TRIBE is a sensory theatre experience set deep in the heart of the rainforest and performs to just one audience member per show, along with two adult companions. Professional performers share spellbinding stories of animals and adventure, delivered to special schools and arts venues at the heart of the community, from within the magical atmosphere of our bespoke touring set. Northern Ireland is leading the way in truly inclusive arts provision and this show is yet another example of how theatre has the power to have a positive and meaningful impact on our society, enabling each and every one of us feel valued, regardless of ability.”

TRIBE, which has been developed in consultation with young autistic people at Glenveagh Special School in Belfast and Prior’s Court School in Reading, boasts a carefully designed musical score that underpins live instrumentation and non-verbal interaction, culminating in a unique and empowering sensory experience. Performances of TRIBE are individually tailored to suit the needs of each young autistic and/or neurodivergent audience member.

TRIBE is provided free of charge to special schools in Northern Ireland, with support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, BBC Children in Need, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Rav Vast.

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