A Jody O’Neill and Abbey Theatre co-production, in association with The Everyman and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre

What I (Don't) Know About Autism

1 - 8 February 2020

Jody O'Neill

Booking Information

Dates: 1 – 8 February
On the Peacock Stage

Free First Preview: 1 February

Times: Mon – Sat 8pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Tickets: €18 – €25 / Conc. €16 – €20

Running Time: 80 mins

Age Guidance: 16+

There will be a post-show talkback after every performance

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 6 February, 8:00pm

A sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking journey into the world of autism, performed by autistic and non-autistic actors.

Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just wants these parents to stop talking for two minutes so he can get on with teaching their kids.

And Casper?

Casper is not here.

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism takes the audience on a highly theatrical journey. Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, it is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. The play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play celebrates autistic identity whilst offering deeper insight and understanding to non-autistic audiences.

All performances will be relaxed performances. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need.

If you would like to know what to expect on your visit, we have created this useful visual guide to download.

Content Warning: 

Although the show contains many moments of humour and lightness, it also contains discussion of the killing of a child,  mistreatment of children, ableism, and childbirth. Brief violence, profane language, ableism, and alcohol usage depicted on stage. This show is suitable for ages 16+. Any instances of loud noise and music, are flagged in advance by performers each time during the show.


Funded by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council with the support of The Everyman, the Abbey Theatre, Mermaid Arts Centre, AsIAm, Fishamble New Play Company, Rough Magic Theatre Company, KCAT and Triple A Wicklow.

Out of the Abbey 

Audio Described Programme Notes 


A 'riveting new play'
The Irish Times

'an innovative theatrical experience that makes light work of heavy themes.'
The Arts Review

Production Images 

Relaxed Performances 

Writer and Director Interview 

Abbey Talks Podcast 



  • Cast: Shay Croke
  • Cast: Paula McGlinchey
  • Cast: Jayson Murray
  • Cast: Jody O'Neill
  • Cast: Matthew Ralli
  • Cast: Eleanor Walsh
  • Writer: Jody O’Neill
  • Producer: Melissa Nolan
  • Director: Dónal Gallagher
  • Choreographer: Cindy Cummings
  • Set and Costume Design: Medb Lambert
  • Lighting Design: Eoin Winning
  • Composer and Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
  • Stage Manager: Cian Mulhall
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Shannon Cowan
  • PR: Dairne O’Sullivan
  • Graphic Design: BLAM
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