Sheffield theatre show Fading into Nothingness looks at autism and mental health

A play that looks at issues around autism and mental health has been created by someone who knows from personal experience.

Fading into Nothingness, a new play by Theo Griffiths
Fading into Nothingness, a new play by Theo Griffiths

Fading into Nothingness has been written by and stars Theo Griffiths.

The short play, which is on at the Merlin Theatre, Sheffield on January 17 to 19, sees a Sheffield family torn apart by grief.

It explores how they cope, including teenage son, Zack – played by Theo - who is autistic and already struggling in mainstream school.

The Merlin Theatre, which is in Meadow Bank Road, Nether Edge, operates as a social enterprise for SEN students of Freeman College and Brantwood Specialist School, providing opportunities for work experience and personal development of students within a working theatre.

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    Theo is a former student of Freeman College, who has since graduated and moved to Mind the Gap theatre company for further training in the entertainment industry.

    Theo’s vision is to raise awareness of autism and mental health through the play.

    The production features a local, professional cast who hope to take the play on tour. The play is not uitable for young children.