This morning (Sunday, August 26th 2017) it occurred to me that I should document my personal journey in regards to my whirlwind inclusion in the crew/ creative team of Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope is the brain child of Chelsea McGuffin and the team at Company 2. I first heard about this Brisbane based company when the ABC aired a program on 13 year old Ethan Hugh. Ethan (like me) has aspergers and struggled to find a community that he connected with, that was until he discovered circus (also like me).
I am a 31 year old female with aspergers whose eyes were opened when I found circus at the age of 14. After the 2011 floods, I became part of an initiative led by Lorraine Ashton Classic Circus which gave the children of the Lockyer Valley the opportunity to learn new skills and perform with us at the Laidley Show.
Five years ago I moved full- time to Forest Hill, a small township in between Toowoomba and Ipswich. It has been a huge journey for me of ups and downs but I have learnt so much from those mentoring and teaching me as well as the children I have taught. Many children I have taught are also on the autism spectrum. It has encouraged me to learn more about ASD and I have not only learnt how to teach and connect with these children but I have learnt about myself also.
During the early stages of my time out here I wrote a letter to my 16 year old self and published it on my facebook account. One thing lead to another and I found myself attending creative writing classes. During this time I even won an award which sits proudly on a table at my parent’s home.
I never really understood the whole purpose of where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years ? How can one plan out and be so sure of what they want to do when so much changes, the kaleidoscope twists and patterns change so frequently.
In the last month or so I have made some big decisions which include 5 and 10 year plans. If all goes well with my enrolment interview in October, I will be moving to Brisbane in early 2018 to complete my Certificate 4 in Education Support which I commenced at the end of 2015 and taught myself throughout 2016. For me I know I need to be in a classroom setting with a teacher to complete my course. My ultimate goal is to be accepted into the Griffith University Graduate Certificate in Autism course. I want to work as a special needs educator specialising in autism and circus.
HOW I BECAME INVOLVED IN KALEIDOSCOPE
After I saw Ethan’s special on TV, I contacted Chelsea. I am not sure what I was expecting but what I received was way more then I could of imagined. In July, I found out that they would be performing the show as part of the Brisbane Festival in September and I just knew I had to be involved somehow. To be honest I nearly died when Chelsea said she had been meaning to contact me. We continued to chat and I have been invited to attend a rehearsal in September.
I never thought it would go further than this but life has its own way of doing things and we have been chatting about writing and documentation of journeys. That is how I have landed at where I am this morning and why you are reading this.
I am so excited to see where this path leads me and for you to experience what is in store for Kaleidoscope. The creative team and the cast reflect on their journey and grow day by day so by the time the show hits the stage in late September it will truly be something to behold, something truly special. Shows that have come from the heart are absolutely magical. To experience our magic head to https://www.qpac.com.au/event/bf_kaleidoscope_17/ for information on the show and to purchase tickets.
Children will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops; information for these can be found at https://www.qpac.com.au/event/bf_kaleidoscope_wkshops_17/
Thank you to Chelsea for this opportunity.