This is a Northern Stage hire

Book now  Access

Following a run at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival and three sell-out performances in Stage 2, The Life of Reilly returns to Northern Stage, this time in Stage 1.

Living in a world where people don’t mean what they say or say what they mean can be tricky and Reilly has questions. Like why is strip lighting everywhere? Why are disgusting, crunching, smelly crisps even legal? Why are clothes so scratchy? And why don’t you understand?

Growing up with autism can be difficult, growing up with autism, a stressed mother, a father in denial and a granny who believes all you need is a smacked backside is much worse…..

Based on actual events, this heart-warming play will have you laughing and crying in equal measures as you join Reilly and his family on their journey with autism.

What’s it like to have autism? I don’t know…….what’s it like not to?

Book now


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.