Theatre workshops for those living with ASD produces smiles

ACTING UP: Front and centre, Angus is one of the many kids taking part in drama workshops this week for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder run by Delirium Comedy Group – Chris Charteris, Adam Toolin and Michael Fowle.
ACTING UP: Front and centre, Angus is one of the many kids taking part in drama workshops this week for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder run by Delirium Comedy Group – Chris Charteris, Adam Toolin and Michael Fowle. Mike Richards

OFTEN misunderstood, young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder found an escape this week where they could act up without causing any dramas.

The Delirium Comedy Group from Brisbane are running a series of theatre workshops this week for children and young people living with ASD.

The workshops, which began on Monday, include drama games and the chance to create their own characters.

"It gives them a way to take control," said performer Chris Charteris.

"These applied theatre workshops is about giving certain community groups a voice."

Fellow performer Michael Fowle said he had family members with ASD and knew some of the struggles that they faced.

"(People with ASD) can interact, it's more that they have problems registering things that could mean something else. So they have problems identifying sarcasm and you have to be really clear with them and mean what you say," he said.

"Because all of these kids are on the same level and they all speak really clearly, they work with each other really well."

He said everyone had lots of fun and it was a great to see participants engaging with the games, and with each other.

"It's a fun and positive way of looking at their disability," he said. "It has been a great learning experience for both us and the kids."

The workshops continue through to Saturday, with one class for children and another for young adults.

The classes are being held as part of Autism Awareness Month, where the community is encouraged to Go Blue for Autism in support of autism sufferers.

Gladstone autism support group, Kids Outside the Box will host an Autism Awareness event on Saturday, April 5 at the Grand Hotel from 4-9pm.

The event is called The Grand Shindig.

DETAILS

  • To be involved in the drama workshops or for tickets to The Grand Shindig call Mareika on 0409 149 981.


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