‘A-Typical Rainbow’ to open at Turbine Theatre

The new play explores growing up neurodivergent and queer in 2000s Britain.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

A new play which explores the lives of young autistic people in 2000s Britain will open at the Turbine Theatre this summer. A-Typical Rainbow begins previews at the Turbine Theatre on 30 June, with an opening night on 7 July and performances to 7 August.

A-Typical Rainbow is by playwright JJ Green. “This play was written by an autistic writer, has been read and approved by many autistic artists and marks the first time a piece of theatre has been written about us, by us, for you” said Green.

“It is commonplace for stories to be told about us – without us. This play aims to change that. It feels surreal & entirely golden to see what started off as words on a page finally come to life on stage.”

A-Typical Rainbow follows an overly imaginative young boy who lives in a fantasy world. When his mother tries to help, he struggles to be honest and fit in authentically.

JJ Green will play Boy in A-Typical Rainbow. The cast includes Caroline Deverill as Mother, Conor Joseph as Jake/Daniel, Maya Manuel as Emily/Mrs. Whiteman/Rachel, Joy Tan as Abby/Thomas/Lara and James Westphal as Father/Doctor.

Bronagh Logan directs A-Typical Rainbow. Max Alexander Taylor, who is autistic, provides sound design, and choreography is by William Spencer, who is neurodivergent.

A-Typical Rainbow is at the Turbine Theatre.

Photo credit: A-Typical Rainbow artwork (Photo courtesy of production)

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