Arts and Culture

To Be An Aspie Or Not To Be An Aspie?

Posted on: Sun 28 Feb 2021

The Aspie Hour is the brainchild of Federation University Australia Ballarat alumnus, cabaret performers and musical theatre enthusiasts, Ryan Smedley and Sophie Smyth.

It explores and nagivates deeply into their personal experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome and it’s interconnected prism of autobiographical narrative lyricism – Smedley traveling to New York alone and Smyth framing her psychological impositions, whilst under the guise of Dorothy Gale from L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.

As they prepare to preform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in The Spiegeltent at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Smedley and Smyth discuss with De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad McLoughlin about how identifying as an Aspie is a ‘label’ no longer commonly acceptable as it once was.

Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo credit: Annie Warren

Jarad McLoughlin

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