My dear ladies,
Thank you very much for reaching out!
We have this morning published a statement about the twitter feedback. Here it is: http://www.kiboproductions.com/statement
I am thoroughly grateful for your invitation to dialog and I fully understand that beneath the negativity on twitter there are really good intentions. I hope you will see our intentions have been good too.
I acknowledge Paul did not speak on your behalf and he is not representative for you. I don’t think he ever attempted to and I think directing any anger at him would be very unfair. I have invited a number of autistic artists on the panel and Paul was the only one who accepted it. I am hugely indebted to him.
Now, there seems to be two threads of discussion here:
1. Autistic motherhood: I have very little to no authority whatsoever in this regard. The Big Things is in no way about autistic motherhood. Yes, Grace is autistic and she is a mother, but her difficulties in connecting with the child are touching a lot more on the theme of post-partum depression and have nothing to do with her autism. The review on The F Word picked up on this and you can see in the play that once the son is no longer a toddler she does connect with him, culminating with a very emotional end scene.
Regardless! You want your voice to be heard. I want your voice heard too. You have an ally in me and if my experience or resources can help you I will be happy to do that. Have you got a particular event or type of event in mind? Or better, what would you suggest is the best way for me to carry your voice?
2. Autistic artists: This is actually what we meant from the very beginning: bringing autistic voices on stage. I have meanwhile met Paul Wady and Jon Adams and I hope to work with both of them in the future. There are plans in place in this direction. It would be wonderful if I could stage a play by an autistic writer, better still if it’s an autistic woman writer, but I have no knowledge of such scripts. Please let me know if you do. I know Rhi has invited me to her show, but hers is a one-woman show and often times one person shows work better when they are self produced or with a hired producer.
This is a question for Rhi in particular: have you got any script that has at least one full draft and that you could send me to read?
And to conclude, a couple of questions for all of you:
1. would you be interested in or able to attend another panel before the end of this week? I’m happy to organize it!
2. if you are happy to continue this dialogue, how do you see it developing into a working relationship going forward? I am open to any ideas, so please send your thoughts my way.
Producer – The Big Things, by Mike Heath