Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. But he's not an idiot. Journeying through the mischievous mind of a fascinating man, The Misfit Analysis takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in a captivating exploration of an autistic mind. Using multimedia, video projection and performance poetry, Cian playfully questions disability's place in society. 'Philosophical, mischievous, and exuberantly accessible' (The Stage on Eye Queue Hear). 'The power to change theatre' (Guardian on Access All Areas' Performance Making Diploma). 'Busting disability arts out of its ghetto' (DisabilityArtsOnline.org.uk on Eye Queue Hear).
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Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. But he's not an idiot. Journeying through the mischievous mind of a fascinating man, The Misfit Analysis takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in a captivating exploration of an autistic mind. Using multi-media, video projection and performance poetry, Cian Binchy collaborates with Access All Areas and their playfully satirical style in a piece that challenges perceptions about autism, disability, and the feeling of being an outsider.
Working as an autism consultant on the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Cian has developed a unique perspective on how people tell stories about autism. While he provides consultation to a west-end show on autism, appearing in a national documentary on the experience in summer 2015, it is notable that paid performance roles for learning disabled artists are few and far between. Indeed, the UK arts scene is notably lacking in excellent learning disabled creative voices, and we know of no other autistic solo-performers authoring their own work in the UK. While some wonderful companies like Stopgap, Lung-Ha and Mind the Gap continue to challenge this, Cian's work still stands as a rare learning-disabled creative voice onstage.
Partnering with The Wellcome Trust, Access All Areas are pioneering a mentoring programme that aims to enable artists with learning disabilities to create their own work and develop their own unique aesthetic. The Misfit Analysis launches the company's solo artists mentoring programme.
Cian was among the first graduates of Central's Performance Making Diploma for adults with learning disabilities, run by Access All Areas and winner of the Guardian University Award for diversity. Writing in The Guardian, Lyn Gardner suggested that Cian and Access All Areas' emerging artists were 'creating theatre with a strong and distinct disabled aesthetic that could itself be an agent for change'. The Misfit Analysis launches this mentoring programme, and will be one of the very few shows at the Fringe presenting an authentic learning-disabled voice. We believe that putting learning disabled voices at the heart of the UK arts scene will create an artistic canon that is made more vibrant, more varied and more relevant by the inclusion of a range of perspectives.
About Cian Binchy
Cian Binchy is a performance poet, writer, and actor with autism. He has recently graduated from Central's Performance Making Diploma for adults with learning disabilities. Previously, he has worked with The National Theatre as autism consultant for The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time, and has workshopped with Simon Stevens and David Baker. He has toured nationally with Access All Areas' Eye Queue Hear, and has performed as a poet at Lyric Hammersmith, Sekforde Arms and the Royal Festival Hall Opening Ceremony. He is also the subject of a documentary commissioned by The National Theatre.
About Access All Areas
Winner of the Guardian University Award for diversity.
The Misfit Analysis is a collaboration between Cian Binchy and Access All Areas, a multi-award winning theatre company making work with learning-disabled artists. With their recent work, Access All Areas has partnered with venues to put learning-disabled voices centre-stage in leading theatres around the country, defying the frequent assumption that disabled theatre is community theatre.
Work on Rift's The Trial in 2013 was a turning point for the company, opening them up to national attention. In 2013/14 Access All Areas produced and toured Eye Queue Hear, an audio walking tour performance based on reclaiming the concept of the IQ test ("Philosophical, mischievous, and exuberantly accessible" - The Stage. "An epic moment ... a beautifully surreal spin on the humdrum" - Disability Arts Online). The show ran to sold out audiences throughout 2014. The Misfit Analysis launches the company's solo-artists mentoring programme.
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.