Mainspring Arts is proud to announce the launch of Private Plays, a brand new series of performance encounters created exclusively for Mainspring by neurodivergent artist Steven Fraser.
This is theatre – but not as you know it. You are the performer and your home is the stage, with the script presented in a beautifully illustrated digital zine.
Private Plays are unique theatre encounters created for autistic people – although anyone can read and enjoy them.
The audience read illustrated performance scripts individually, to themselves, in their homes. The illustrations and the location – which works as a set – spark the imagination.
Private Plays remove some of the stimuli that autistic people may find uncomfortable in traditional theatre settings (loud sounds, bright lights, unfamiliar spaces) and put the reader in control of the story.
There are three plays available:
Faces is about prosopagnosia, or face blindness, something Steven has struggled with in the past. It’s a story about looking, love and having a conversation with yourself.
Touch is a story about feeling, holding and loving yourself. It explores the importance of touch – its intensity and familiarity, and the way it can be indefinable at times.
Talking focuses on a difficult and personal conversation, exploring language and how subjective and challenging words can be. This is a story about talking, connecting and expressing emotions.
The three Private Plays are available to download free from our website.