Fionn Hamill, is a 12 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome and he writes about his life at autisticandproud.wordpress.com. Check out his interesting piece on pushing himself to take part in the local panto, and his experiences of it!
A few weeks ago the pantomime was on and I was in it. At first I was really nervous because I didn’t really know anyone.

The year before I sold programmes which I enjoyed because I was on my own. I just didn’t do it because at first I need to get used to people and my surroundings. So I walked and talked but wasn’t in it. Mummy and Daddy thought that it would be a good idea because there are lots of different types of people in it. There was only three boys from my school in it who at the stage I didn’t know really well.

The first practice was really good. There were lots of people in the chorus which at first made me feel uncomfortable as I thought they might pick on me but they didn’t and  were nice to me. I wasn’t frightened about the dancing because if somebody else is doing something with me I can do it easily. So I thought it would be 100% happy.  But a few days later we lost a member of the chorus, who throughout the show was missed very much – he was getting bullied and could no longer take it. That was a really sad moment for me – i had never had a friend who died before.  On the last night we lit two Chinese lanterns in his memory. It was really emotive.

The next practice I got told that me and the boys would have a solo so i stared shitting the brick but it turns out that it was a really cool piece of ju-jitsu so I was fine with it. After a few more practices I really got into the groove of the Panto, and before I knew it, we were practicing in the  Ardhowen which made me think of how long I’d been practicing  A few nights later the show began. I was nervous of the audience because i didn’t know if they’d like it or not but then I realised that the audience were having a great time.

The first night was rough but after a while it started to go really smoothly. Then the last night came  and I started to feel sad. The last show was nerve-racking because a few of my friends were there. I’m really gonna miss the show. After the show, it was a hug fest, which made me feel happy and sad. I really love the Panto and I will definitely be back next year.

This blog brings forward the potential benefits of drama for people with Autism / Aspergers once again, after Holly Adam’s wrote of her experiences as a drama teacher earlier this week. Please weigh in with your thoughts on our dedicated forum thread:

 

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