PotatoRoom productions

created by Gavin Glover formerly from FaultyOptic Theatre of Animation



The Reason I Jump

Adaptation of the book by Naoki Higashida by Graham Eatough

The National Theatre of Scotland 2018

Masks and puppet designed and constructed by Gavin Glover.
The production played at the Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow June 2018

Guardian preview here





'Naoki is a non-verbal, autistic, Japanese author, who was just 13 years old when he wrote the book The Reason I Jump, a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind works. Now take a unique journey into his world of fascinating insights and magical storytelling in this exciting new production from National Theatre of Scotland.

In this innovative adaptation, the book becomes an experience, a mysterious journey through a beautiful outdoor maze designed by renowned Dutch collective Observatorium. There, you will encounter the gardeners who will tell you about Naoki as well as their own experiences of autism.
Naoki describes a profound relationship between people with autism and nature. The outdoor setting of North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood in Glasgow offers an extraordinary environment for all of us to consider our place in the natural world.'

- the National Theatre of Scotland


A revelatory insight into autism - The Guardian


photo credits: Peter Dibden and National Theatre Scotland