“Quiet Hands” – Third Winterlight Productions Play about Autism and ‘mate crime’ – Video Interviews

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DJFMITV continues its series ‘Autism in Popular Culture’ to talk to Tim Rhys, the producer and Josh Manfield, the lead actor, from Winterlight Productions of “Quiet Hands (a sequel to “Touch Blue, Touch Yellow”, that shed light into the controversy of the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and other supposed autism ‘treatments’)  starring lead actor Josh Manfield, reprising his role as Carl from “Touch Blue, Touch Yellow”, delves into the issues that autistics face regarding “mate crime” and looking at .  We caught up with the production team at their rehearsals at Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building in Cathays Park, Cardiff – where we discussed their plays and the motivation behind it.

Winterlight Productions Presents “Quiet Hands” – a play written by Tim Rhys, directed by Chris Durnall; supported by Cardiff University.

A much-requested sequel to the acclaimed play “Touch Blue, Touch Yellow”, starring Josh Manfield reprising his role as Carl, an autistic adult who a year on from the events in the last play, has to wade through re-engaging with an estranged brother and dealing with the problems of ‘Mate Crime’, not to mention the earlier ABA (one of the instructions and other supposedly ‘helpful’ interventions he previously had to endure (including the very unhelpful instruction to stop stimming “Quiet Hands”)

Book your tickets now, as they are in high demand –

“Quiet Hands” will have 5 Chapter Arts Centre evening showings at 7:30pm on Tuesday 12th September (after which there will be a Q&A session), through to Saturday 16th September, with an additional afternoon showing at 2:30pm on Saturday 16th September.

There is an additional showing in Tim Rhys’ hometown of Bridgend at Carnegie House on Tuesday 19th September:

Winterlight Productions has asked that if people would like to see the play taken to other parts of Wales, please email the Development Officers of Arts Council Wales an email explaining your support of the play Quiet Hands to seek it to go further. The email address is: maggie.dunning@arts.wales or phone: 029 2044 1350


Quiet Hands – on at Chapter Theatre 12th-16th September (5 evening shows and 1 afternoon showing)

and at Carnegie House, Bridgend Tues 19th Sept @ 7:30pm

Chapter Arts Centre Booking Details:

Carnegie House Box Office Details:

Disability Arts Cymru Reference to Winterlight Productions:

Ents24 reference to Quiet Hands:

The List reference to Quiet Hands:

The Buzz preview refrence to Quiet Hands:

Many different subjects have been covered by the interview, along with extensive bibliography:

For someone to talk to if you are feeling alone, low or at risk of harm, contact the Samaritans:
call 116 123 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

For Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru (ASC Cymru) and the 21 High Street Cardiff One Stop Shop Drop-In Centre run by Autism Initiatives visit:
E-mail: info@asc-cymru.org
Tel: 02920 228794
(N.B. We’re currently filming a video about the ASC Cymru One-Stop Shop in 21 High Street soon – stay tuned 🙂 )

ITV News Article “Suicide Rates Worryingly High in Autistic People” (23 August 2017 at 6:00am):

The Guardian Article: “Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds” (Saturday 2 September 2017 07.00 BST):

The Independent Article: “‘Mate crime’ replacing hate crime as children with Asperger’s and autism increasingly being abused and robbed by so-called friends”: (Sunday 12 July 2015 15:03 BST):

Book/Audiobook: “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently” by Steve Silberman (Released 2015):
Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/NeuroTribes-Legacy-Autism-Smarter-Differently/dp/1760113638
More info on the book – http://stevesilberman.com/book/neurotribes/

Book: “Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking” by Julia Bascom (of the US Autistic Self Advocacy Network – ASAN):
info on the book: http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/12/2591/

For the reference made in the video about the stereotype joke: Youtube Comedy Series Series: ASDF Movie by TomSka
Full Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3A5849BDE0581B19
The song inspired from ASDF Move’s quote “I like Trains”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHkKJfcBXcw



REVIEW: ‘Atypical’ as seen on NETFLIX.



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