Maddie

Written by Josh Merritt

Directed by Nicky Allpress

Accompanied by Abybaby the cat and regular texts from her mum, Maddie travels from London to the coast, searching for happiness and answers.

This strangely uplifting piece is written and performed by autistic artists; writer Josh Merritt and actress Evlyne Oyedokun explored their own strategies for navigating their lives with director Nicky Allpress, who fell in love with Maddie throughout lockdown 2020. Developing Maddie over Zoom, the team met for the first time in 2021 and are proud to showcase this moving glimpse into the life of a young autistic homeless woman.

Maddie is the story of a young autistic woman who makes her life on the streets bearable with her own brand of magic and smiles.


This show is part of Arcola’s festival of outdoor art and performance, Today I’m Wiser. Explore the full programme → 

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