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Anyone with even a whisper of experience in the creative industry knows how difficult it is to get a leg up in this line of work; it’s a lot of hard graft, admin, networking and sometimes sheer luck. Now, imagine doing all of that in a society that, for some reason, just doesn’t make as much sense to you as it does to your peers. For neurodivergent folk, this is a daily reality, and it results in them often being overlooked and underappreciated.

So what’s the solution? Well, Lava Elastic is doing a pretty good job at correcting the balance for a start. It’s the UK’s first arts night dedicated to putting neurodivergent performers on the bill. The Brighton-based company has popped up across the country, and now the North East is getting our own shot at ARC in Stockton on Saturday 18th September. With a bill featuring people with different neurological types – from those on the autism spectrum to dyslexic people and everything else that fits under the umbrella of neurodivergence – these talented people are celebrated alongside neurotypical performers, culminating in a diverse night of comedy, performance and poetry.

Taking the stage in Stockton will be comedian, poet and all-round wordy powerhouse Dr. Kate Fox, artist and spoken word performer Lizzie Lovejoy and more to be announced.

Lava Elastic takes place at ARC, Stockton on Saturday 18th September

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