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Play - Contemporary, Thu 4 Oct 2018, £12


Living with Luke

Living with Luke


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01376 556 354


Braintree Arts Theatre,
Notley Road,



One Dad wrestles with autism.

Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary Dad, and his teenage son Luke is not so ordinary either. For Luke is autistic and the Autistic Shadow gets between them every single day, making communication and their relationship a struggle. So what’s a Dad to do?

Join us in a real wrestling ring as The Thunderbolt battles The Shadow in a fight to the finish as he tries to maintain contact with Luke whilst the Ref tries to keep control. Funny, poignant and real, the play is adapted from the blog Living with Luke, and fuses wrestling and theatre to show what life is like living with an autistic child.

Following sell out performances in Colchester, Harlow and around the country the ‘part wrestling match, part play’ is not to be missed!

Suitable for 14+, though containing some strong language –and wrestling!

“Brilliant… wonderful… poignant” (East Anglia Daily Times Gazette)

“A wonderful evening’s theatre thanks to some great writing and directing, brilliant staging, intense acting and, above all, its subject matter.” (Harlow Star)

“Subtle, poetic, passionate and above all human.” (Your Harlow)

"The play balanced hope and celebration with fear and despair to create a realistic view of life with Autism..." (Burnley Express)

“Brilliant acting and very well portrayed. As a parent myself of an autistic teenage son it was like having a ringside seat (literally) of my own life, which I have to say was ‘spot on’.” (Audience member)

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impaired

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 4 Oct 2018 20:00 to 21:00
One hour performance with no interval. Q&A with cast after show

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Sat 24 Mar 9 to 5 The Musical
Sun 25 Mar 9 to 5 The Musical
Thu 5 Apr Forbidden Nights
Sat 7 Apr Beatlemania
Fri 13 Apr LDN Wrestling
Sat 14 Apr Diamond, The Experience



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Map reference: TL 756216  Lat: 51.86534 Long: 0.54897

Braintree Arts Theatre is located on Notley Road, Braintree. Free parking is available at the theatre for approximately 250 cars.
The number 21/21A bus stops and departs from the bus stop just outside of the theatre on Notley Road.
The nearest train station to Braintree Arts Theatre is Braintree Railway Station about 25 minutes walk away, situated on Station Approach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Braintree station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Trip advisor certificate of excellence