Anna Kennedy and her team discusses the perceptions that Autism’s Got Talent is changing,
“It is all too often said that people with disabilities aren’t capable of very much, and they are unable to rise about the challenges that they are faced. Autism’s Got Talent is a platform for talented individuals with autism to wow the audience and show off their skills and talents. We not only have soloists, but people also perform in groups, which is something many people are quick to judge as impossible for those on the spectrum. Not only are these talented, amazing individuals proving their critics wrong, they are also having fun and achieving so much!”
2014 will be boasting a variety of talent from people of all ages, including actors, singers, musicians and dancers. Many acts are those who sat in the audience last year, and were given the confidence to perform themselves.
Various organisations across the UK are supporting Autism’s Got Talent, and will be getting up on stage to perform. Anna will even be treating the audience to a tap dancing routine with her fellow Tap for Fun tappers and Michael John French. Celebrity hosts David Grant, Dr Pam Spurr and Britain got Talent Finalist Steve Hewlett and many more will also be part of the line up.
Acts will be travelling from all over the UK, and the world, which not only proves how popular Autism’s Got Talent is becoming, but how important a platform such as this one is to those on the spectrum.
“It is extremely important that people with autism have an outlet. Autism’s Got Talent is a safe and secure environment where those who want to, can express and perform without fear of being judged or criticised. Autism’s Got Talent is one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. Those involved can have fun, do what they love, make friends and be themselves, and have one night which is all about them.”
Autism’s Got Talent, which is a red carpet event, is a celebration of everyone on the autism spectrum. Everyone in attendance will be guests of honour and treated like VIPs. Those with a more artistic streak, will have their artworks displayed in the theatres foyer for all to view. One of the artists paintings from overseas has already arrived this week from the talented Candy Waters!
“2013 was a great success, and we aim to continue to build Autism’s Got Talent year by year. As well as London, we also have the Autism’s Got Talent Roadshow, which travels to different cities and theatres throughout the country. This provides those and their families who are unable to make it to London with the opportunity to perform and get involved. We really are including the entire autistic community.” Anna concludes.
If you would like to attend Autism’s Got Talent on May 10th, at the Mermaid Theatre, London, please email Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org. For a full list of acts showcasing their talents please see below :
Joseph Ferris – age 14 singer from Northampton
Alfie Anderson- age 11 – plays the drums from Suffolk
Ryan Wiggins – age 13 -sings and plays guitar from Watford
Jordan Stratham & Oscar Bell – age 17/18 singing and rapping from Stourbridge
Pineapple Performing Arts School London– all ages – dancing
Hillingdon Manor School pupils – all ages – dancing from Middlesex
Jake Chodosh – Artist age 19 from London
Lucy Clapham age 25 – singing from Bedfordshire
Alice Jordan age 14 singing from Bishop Auckland
Radlett Lodge School- pupils singing/ dancing age 14/15 from Herts
Matthew Scott – clarinet age 22 from Bromley
‘Tap for Fun’ Dancers plus Anna Kennedy OBE and Michael French –
Bernadetta Ticchi age 21 percussionist from Italy
Emma Lowry age 11/12 a singer from Northern Ireland
Caitlin Churcher age 12 gymnastics from Dorset
Congratulations from all at Annakennedyonline and we will see you all very soon!