The Life of Reilly

Theatre (drama, new writing)

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  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
  • 11:05
  • Aug 24
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Life of Reilly productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 6 months


Living in a world where people don't say what they mean or mean what they say can be tricky, and Reilly has questions. Like why is strip lighting everywhere? Why are disgusting smelly crisps even legal? Why are clothes so scratchy and why don't you understand? Growing up with autism can be difficult. Growing up with autism, a stressed mother, a father in denial and a granny who believes all you need is a smacked backside is far worse... What's it like to have autism? I don't know... what's it like not to?

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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stephen mcmanus 107 days ago

This was not a play I was interested in going to see but I am so glad I did. One of the star plays st fringe and superb acting. It's so breathtaking performances from actors you would swear you were in their living room. It is both endearing comic and sad. And it helps you realise the minds of those with autism. Please go see it will stay with you for years to come.

Dave Cooper 108 days ago

This is a funny, touching and informative play which gives a wonderful insight into the trials and triumphs of a young man with autism his family and friends.

Cheryl Carruthers 109 days ago

Absolutely loved the show. Fantastic performances from everyone involved. This is a hilarious yet emotional show and gives an excellent insight into a northern family living with autism.
There's is also a full length show touring in autumn. I will definitely look out for it. Please go and see this if you can - you won't be disappointed!

Marion Byrne 109 days ago

Wonderful and moving show today. Joanne voiced all the fears, I have heard expressed by my daughter, the mother of a 4 year old autistic son. The gran was definitely my own mother! Thank you for writing and performing our reality so eloquently. I hope you will tour down south so we can see the full play. Five stars from me.

Catherine Middleton 110 days ago

Very moving play. Acting superb. Will definitely be going to see the full play when it tours in November. A must see!

Elly Chapple 111 days ago

Really thought provoking and fantastic production. The time taken to really portray the lived experiences makes you think and think again. The actors were superb and real, Christine and Alison thank you for bringing this forward to widen our view.

Gemma Macpherson 111 days ago

Absolutely brilliant show, the way they show a family's journey through autism diagnosis is just incredible - so funny at times, so very sad at times also.

A true roller-coaster of emotions, but for a very good reason - it for sure educates as well as entertains.

Well done to all involved.

Pamela Cameron 111 days ago

I absolutely loved this! They represented the autistic spectrum with dignity, and humour, whilst showing the challenges of living in a world that insists on conformity.

Sara Cristy 112 days ago

This was a such a powerful story, I know people dealing with similar realities and their description matched the journey I was taken into by this amazing project. Very strong collaboration and performances too. This deserves to be watched and shared!

Fiona Brooks 112 days ago

A thought provoking, funny, emotional, educational and honest insight into real family life with autism.
I laughed and I cried, I listened and I learnt.
This is a must see for all, highly recommended.
Well done to all involved (you were great) and thank you to the family for sharing your story.

STEPHEN JACKSON 112 days ago

Powerful message relayed to the audience brilliantly by a fantastic cast . You will laugh, you will want to cry but most importantly you will leave with a understanding of ASD . A must see show

A Walker 114 days ago

An amazing 50 minutes. A very absorbing drama covering a very difficult subject. The story was told very skillfully. The actor who played "Reilly" was brilliant. It had me laughing and crying. It entertained and taught me a lot. This should be shown to every Year 11 pupil in school.

Vida Alayna Fraser-Jefferson 115 days ago

Wow wow wow go and see this show it’s hilarious,sad emotional and the acting by all is outstanding and what a twist at the end !!! Go

Brian Collins 115 days ago

A must see show I laughed I cried and every cast member was absolutely amazing. The gran was so funny the parents of Reilly were fab and the best mate was a topical northern lad who seams to drop in perfectly to add further humour. 10 out of 10 . DONT MISS IT cos I’ve seen quite a few shows and this one tops the lot in my opinion
Very well done to all involved and thank you for such a fantastic show

Rosemary Crennell 115 days ago

What a fabulous show and a brilliant cast. They take you on an emotional journey through Reilly and his family's life with autism. They take you through a range of emotions. I laughed I cried - go and see it!!!

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