It may simply have been a variation on the Autism: The Musical theme but there was something profoundly moving about watching 18-year-old Martin, who never uttered more than a single word when speaking, take to the stage to perform The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition with the kind of committed intensity it’s impossible to fake.
It put all the ‘I really, really, really want this’ hysteria of X Factor wannabes into sharp perspective.
People such as Martin and Carly, who belted out a killer version of Duffy’s Mercy, aren’t playing games about really, really wanting it.
They need it – the music – to provide a rock in lives that can feel like they’re rolling out of control.
23-year-old Carly has an exceptional singing voice, but the social difficulties she has leave her in a perpetual state of anxiety. She is liable to fly off the handle at a moment’s notice, which makes rehearsals a real challenge.
18-year-old Martin also has an extraordinary voice, but his autism is so severe that he is almost completely non-verbal, except for when he is singing. Vocal coach Jo Price has her work cut out with these seemingly unteachable students.
Also performing is an incredible 11-year-old drummer, a guitarist with a passion for the blues and a young artist who illustrates the concert as it happens.
Those that Reggie finds are undoubtedly gifted, but their autism means that their lives run like clockwork. Breaking these tight routines for a rigorous schedule of coaching and rehearsals is no mean feat. Added to this his proteges all have difficulties with communication, taking instruction, anxiety levels and even occasional aggression. As the date draws near, Reggie starts to wonder whether his cast of performers will ever be ready for their big night.
i can honestly say i was touched, moved and amazed with these talented group of people well done all you are certainly an inspiration to the Autistic community, contact me and we can see if we can put on a big theatre show next year