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In the second of a three part series exploring the theme of ‘Dwelling’, Marie Louise Muir set out to explore the world her 14 year old daughter Catherine daughter inhabits and asks whether the arts can help provide access and insight into the autism spectrum.

Marie Louise doesn’t want to ‘fix’ Catherine, she doesn’t feel there’s anything wrong with her. She would just like to understand her a little better.

“Although we are so close and live in the same house, we experience the world differently. It’s a bit like living in a house with two rooms, and I’d like to know what it’s like in her room”

Inspired by an innovative, immersive theatre experience called Reassembled Slightly Askew, which was based on the artist Shannon Sickels’ experience of a serious brain infection, Marie Louise and Catherine wonder if they can use immersive sound technologies to give audiences a better understanding of autism.

Through a series of intimate conversations, they explore the different ways they view the world around them, discuss the art that has helped bridge the gap between them, and consider the potential for creativity to give neurotypical people a better understanding of the spectrum.

Marie Louise also talks to author Vicky Martin who wrote “M in the Middle” with the girls of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum - a novel which had a huge impact on both Catherine and Marie-Louise.

She meets The AutistiX, a rock band featuring three musicians on the spectrum, and joins Catherine at a physical theatre class called Kids in Control to explore the different ways that creativity and the arts can help us all feel more connected to each other.

Produced by Conor McKay for BBC Northern Ireland.

Extract from ‘Virtual Barbershop’ courtesy of QSound Labs.

Can the arts help Marie Louise Muir understand her autistic daughter's world?

Marie Louise Muir sets out to explore what 'Dwelling' means to different people.

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In the last of a three part series exploring the theme of ‘Dwelling’, Marie Louise Muir looks at the shifting cultural landscape of the Derry and Donegal region, a place shaped for generations by arrivals, departures and many different ‘Strange Boats’.

In summer 2018, an immersive theatre project called The Foyle Punt comes to the shores of the river Foyle in Derry. It is inspired by the tale of family of boat builders who fled Scotland in 1745 in search of a new home.

Meanwhile, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo tries to rebuild his singing career when he forms a new band with other migrants who now call Derry home.

As these stories come together by the banks of the river Foyle, Marie Louise considers what home means,, and the different ways in which migrants and present continuously shape the cultural landscape of this Atlantic North West region.

Produced by Conor McKay for BBC Northern Ireland.


The Foyle Punt was created by Róise Goan and Caitríona McLaughlin of The Local Group.

Music from Farah El Neihum, Little John Nee and the Mohamad Noor Band.

The stories of migration past and present that have shaped the Derry and Donegal region.

Marie Louise Muir sets out to explore what 'Dwelling' means to different people.