The Reason I Jump

The National Theatre of Scotland - 2018

Adaptation of the book by Naoki Higashida by Graham Eatough. The production played at the Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow June 2018

"Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese author, 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 works. 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 gardeners who will tell you about Naoki as well as their own experiences of autism.
Naoki describes a profound relationship between people with autism and nature. The outdoor setting of North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood in Glasgow offers an extraordinary environment for all of us to consider our place in the natural world."

Mask and
Puppet Design



"A revelatory insight into autism" 



On site in the Children's Field Glasgow

Written by

Naoki Higashida

Adapted by

Graham Eatough


Gavin Glover

Produced by

National Theatre of Scotland

Photo Credit

Peter Dibden

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