Cosentino, The Autistic World, Staff at Lyric
12:05 PM - 25/04/2015
The show was quite simply amazing. It was funny, entertaining, dynamic, engaging, terrifying, suspenseful... did I mention funny?
But whilst this review is titled Cosentino it is actually more about the overall experience for us as a family.
We have a son (we have two actually). This son is tall, handsome, funny, smart and on the autism spectrum. He is 17 and is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. (I know, I know... DSM V has done a magic trick and **poof** Asperger's suddenly supposedly does not exist as its own diagnosis anymore but for us after 14 years it ain't so black and white. Though my boy still is. Very.)
Add into this recent health issues creating major panic attacks, and sensory overload anxiety issues and we have a mother on tenterhooks with any family outing, let alone one with flashing lights, loud music, explosions and crowds.
When I bought the tickets we had not entered the arena of fear we are now living in, but even so it was still an unpredictable outcome we could not pre-empt.
Now, from the first contact in buying these tickets through Q-Tix the staff made me want to cry. Now, yes, lately this is something I do a lot of, but back then in Feb I was a little less emotionally volcanic so for this to happen it meant something out of the ordinary had occurred... unequivocal, absolutely unmistakeable support and a wish to make our rare night out a success. From working on where we sat (in case we needed to get out fast), to having the upstairs enclosed room available for a quieter, distanced, less sensory option for our whole group, to the kindness and sincerity of all staff involved. Wow.
As we entered the theatre through door 4 I went (as I always do) to explain to the staff member there that we may need to... I did not have to complete my sentence. She smiled, touched my arm, and said "Don't worry. We know all about your boy and are at the ready to help. We have the room held if you need to use it at any point in the performance."
Don't worry. We know your boy... Do you get how a weight lifted from me in that instant? How much I wanted to hug her, cheer, even do a little dance if only my bodgy knees would permit?
For it is such a different world we deal with daily, it is not an easy path (though my boy is kinda awesome and I love him for who he is), and the constant explanations, adjustments, being alert, smoothing the way and yet encouraging him to push those harsh boundaries and experience the brilliance of life without having him shut down because it overwhelms and I shoved too hard... wears you.
So thank you. It seems so inadequate those 3 little words, but please understand they come from the heart.
Sincerely thank YOU.