by Amy Shindler, directed by Sally Knyvette

    ALAG members were invited by the actress and director, Sally Knyvette, to see the new play BURNING BRIDGES. On Wednesday 28 September, a group of 25 ALAG members went along to Theatre503 in Battersea where they thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
    We are pleased to share a review of the play by one of our members.
    “It was fascinating to see a play about a girl with Asperger syndrome, as
    there are so many stories of boys with AS. The play showed the tensions and sibling rivalry within a family and the pressures of balancing work and family commitments. It showed how emotionally overwhelming and depressing life can be for someone with AS. Throughout the play, it is revealed that whilst AS is life long, it is possible to learn certain cognitive and social skills over time, just not in the same way as a neuro-typical person does. I found the play captivating, thought provoking and important for people with and without AS to see.”

    by Alex Jones

    ALAG celebrated World Autism Awareness Week with a trip to the Gielgud theatre on Thursday 7th April to see – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’   
    “It was great to catch up with others in the group and the play was a real treat. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the actors were superb, especially the actor who played the main character, Christopher Boone. I loved the way the audience were given an insight into Christopher's perception of the world, of language and of other people's behaviours. The play was full of surprises and was absolutely captivating. The lighting and sound effects as well as the stage itself were impressive and added to the unique experience of the play. I had a fantastic evening and would recommend it to anyone.”

    Alex Jones

    Tate Modern visit...7th February 2016
    On a windy Sunday afternoon, a small group of ALAGers braved the elements and descended on London's Tate Modern gallery.  We were to explore the globally coveted permanent collection – a treasure chest of modern art. There were some fascinating collages and abstract, paint splattered pieces.  I especially enjoyed the more naïve, child like stuff.  Inevitably, there was a feeling that some of the work erred on the side of pretentious.  A series of canvases by Mark Rothko were extremely minimal “I think you're supposed to ponder them”, someone said. A sculpture that looked like cuts of raw meat squashed together was a big talking point too.  It prompted mixed reactions, according to each person’s artistic pallet.  Being amongst such amazing material provoked some high brow conversations about all kinds of things, not just the art itself.  Our attempts to enter the top floor cafe were rebuked, as it turns out you have to be a Tate member.  But this didn't detract from a highly enjoyable and mentally stimulating day out.

    Joe Marshall

    We are very pleased to share the following review of the December social by one of our members:
    "The ALAG social for December 2015 was well attended. Raj displayed some of his work which was very impressive . Alain recited one of his poems and another two by other authors.  Paul also read some of his own poems.  Both performers were excellent.  We then heard a talk by Alex Jones, a graphic designer who has Asperger's syndrome, in which he told us how he overcame stress and developed new social skills through improvised comedy. He learnt to use a technique called 'Improv' where the comedy arises - not because it is planned - but comes about through the participants improvisation on a theme.  Two members, Paul & Jennifer, have recently joined a salsa dance class and we were treated to a display of them performing a salsa dance to close the meeting.  Afterwards Sohrab was on hand with some work from his recent exhibition for anyone to look at. I thought it was very good." 

    Ngaere Williams

    Victoria and Albert Museum.
    On Sunday 15th January, a few members of ALAG attended the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.  I and two other members concentrated mostly on the Chinese and the Japanese sections.  There were many interesting artefacts in both these sections including a throne used by one of the emperors.   It seemed that he was very fat with short legs.  Other members went to different sections and were shown around by one of our number, Raj Tattal who is an expert on Sikh art.  All in all it was an interesting and enjoyable day out.  A further visit has been suggested.

    Desmond Meldrum