Neurodiversity in the Arts
- A Panel Discussion

Sunday 19th May, 1:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park, Cavan

Neurodiversity in the Arts
- A Panel Discussion

Join us for this very special gathering of artists as they share their fascinating and inspiring stories of their work & experiences.

Jody O’Neill

Jody O’Neill is an award-winning autistic writer and creator for theatre and screen.  She was a recipient of the 2022 Markievicz Award and is currently Theatre Artist-in-Residence at UCC and Cork Opera House.  She has two plays premiering at Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2024 (supported by the Arts Council): Grace – a play for young people and families about a non-speaking autistic girl, a mother, a ghost, and the sparrow who brings them together; and Home Sweet Home – a play about disability rights with Suisha Arts and Al Bellamy.

Cian Binchy

Cian Binchy is an actor, performer & advocate who is neurodivergent. He is from London & considers Cavan his second home.

Performing on stage since his early schooldays, Cian has developed his own poetry, & worked on many collaborative & one man shows over the years. They include commentary on the day to day realities & experiences of people with disabilities, navigating life in general & specifically pursuing a career in the arts.

He works with theatre company, Access All Areas, and was a performer in their most recent play, Imposter 22, in a successful run at The Royal Court Theatre, London, last autumn. Cian has performed & spoken as an advocate throughout the UK, including in the Houses of Parliament.

As Cian’s brother Conor who is also on the Autistic Spectrum is non verbal, Cian who is very verbal speaks up for marginalised people with disabilities. He and Access All Areas took his one man show, The Misfit Analysis, on tour from Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Mexico.

Cian was the autism consultant for the West End and Broadway stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and advised the National Theatre on their original production. His TV credits include The Level and Grace for ITV and Doctors for the BBC.

“Utterly fascinating and wildly creative ... Definitely and defiantly different."
Lyn Gardner
The Guardian
“Quirky, informative and funny ... an insight into an autistic mind.”
The New York Times

Alan James Burns

Alan James Burns is a neurodivergent, environmental and audiovisual artist, curator and festival maker producing interactive, socially engaged and site-specific projects. The focal points of their practice are disability, climate change and the human mind.

Thanks to Social Inclusion, Cavan County Council for supporting the ISL interpretation services of this event.

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