Playing A/Part

Puppets are used in the autism project, as demonstrated by Dr Melissa Trimingham from Kent University

Peer Productions’ Artistic Director Nina Lemon has started work on an exciting new collaborative project working with academics and practitioners from Kent and Surrey universities to explore creativity in Autistic girls.

“I was first approached by Dr. Nicola Shaughnessy from Kent University almost two years ago regarding her development of an Arts and Humanities Research Council bid for a long term practical project using creative activities to better understand and support the needs and talents of Autistic young women ” says Nina. “I was really keen to be involved as it was an ideal opportunity to build on some of my work in our Generation Girls project and, on a more personal level, as a mum to two autistic daughters, I know how vitally important this work could be. I could not be more pleased that her application was successful and I am able to have an input to this important piece of work.”

The project initially involves Nina working collaboratively with other practitioners and girls from Limpsfield Grange School informed and inspired by input from a broad and diverse steering group of adult Autistic women. Over the next three years they will developing a toolkit for use in mainstream schools and there will be an opportunity to further develop and document Peer Productions’ peer education through theatre model over the course of this three year project.