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Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cian Binchy met some of the cast of the National Theatre’s play about autism, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to tell them about his life and his perspective on having autism.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time premieres at London’s National Theatre on 2 August and is about Christopher, a boy with Asperger’s. It is based on Mark Haddon’s book of the same title.
Cian met the play’s director Marianne Elliott and actors Luke Treadaway, who plays Christopher, and Niamh Cusack, who plays Siobhan, when they visited Ambitious about Autism. He told them about his everyday experiences and took the actors and director on a tour of the flagship service TreeHouse School so they could see the specialist work the charity does.
Cian Binchy said: "I really enjoyed meeting the actors Luke and Niamh, and the director. It was interesting to hear what they are doing with the play and I liked helping them by telling them about my life. I was very comfortable talking to Luke and found him very interesting. I would like to see him in the play and work with him in the future. I consider him a very good friend of mine."
Niamh Cusack, actor, said: "I had the privilege of visiting TreeHouse School and spending the morning with Cian Binchy and some of the teachers and students at the school. Cian is an extraordinary young man: articulate, witty and warm. He provided us with a real insight into being a person with autism. Meeting him chimed in many ways with what Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens have evoked in the book and the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Visiting the school reminded me, as the book does, that there are many ways of viewing the world and interacting with those around you. It was like getting a new set of glasses! Everything seemed more vivid!"
Cian is also a keen poet and actor, appearing in 1984 at the Lyric Hammersmith last August.