Tesco’s in Harlow give Living with Luke a boost for 2015.

Lifestyle / Wed 31st Dec 2014 at 06:46pm

Tescos at Edinburgh Way“LIVING With Luke” an extraordinary piece of new theatre with autism as its central theme is returning to Harlow in the New Year on 30 and 31 January 2015 thanks to the Chair of Harlow Council and Harlow Health Centres Trust.

They have received a welcome boost as the staff at Tesco’s have given them a replacement for a prop that was damaged. No ordinary prop but a new I-Pad. In our filmed interview, Steve Hannam explains why they needed a new I-Pad and how Tesco’s at Edinburgh Way in Harlow came to the rescue!

More about the play.

Written and directed by Stage Write’s Paul T Davies, “Living with Luke” is based on the honest blogs about an autistic boy, written from the father’s perspective – and the central role of Luke’s father, Danson Thunderbolt is played by the writer of those blogs, local actor and resident Steve Hannam.

Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary Dad, and his teenage son Luke is not so ordinary either. For Luke is autistic and the Autistic Shadow gets between them every single day, making communication a struggle. So what’s a Dad to do? Wrestle the Autistic Shadow that’s what!

“Living With Luke” is set in a full-scale wrestling ring where Thunderbolt fights the Shadow – literally – to make contact with Luke and the Referee tries to keep control! It is funny, poignant and real, fusing wrestling and theatre to show what life is like living with an autistic child.

This extraordinary show returns to Harlow on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January 2015 at Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow. A discussion about the themes and emotions that the play raises will be held after the show on each evening and Anna Kennedy OBE, the UK Autism Ambassador will be attending on Friday 30 January – this performance has already SOLD OUT!! Tickets are available for the Saturday and can be purchased online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/livingwithluke

This production has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from Harlow Health Centres Trust. All money raised through the sale of tickets will go to the Chair of Harlow Council’s chosen charities – The Gibberd Garden, No Child Without and The Chocolate Run – and PACT for Autism which is a registered charity based in Harlow. PACT for Autism supports the families of children and adults with autism and other special needs and disabilities by providing various services.

Councillor Ian Beckett, Chairman of Harlow Council, saw “Living With Luke” in July this year during its sell-out visit to Passmores Academy and helped to secure Burnt Mill Academy for free for the return performances. Councillor Beckett says “I was so astonished by the show and also moved by the impact upon audience members with experience and no experience of autism that I had to arrange for the show to come back and reach a wider audience. Around 700,000 or more than one in ten in the population are believed to have autism. These performances and the discussions which follow will help raise awareness of the support available to those affected by autism.”

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1 Comment for Tesco’s in Harlow give Living with Luke a boost for 2015.:

2015-01-04 01:22:35

Tesco, not Tesco's. iPad, not I-Pad.

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