Flipside Circus student, Ethan Langridge, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at four years of age. Because of this syndrome Ethan perceives the world differently. He understands the world through touch; senses his surroundings with the pads of his fingers or the tips of his toes and he, unwittingly, invited his mother to view his world with him.
Johanna Wharton, Ethan’s mother, described stepping into Ethan’s world as ‘the joy of walking through shafts of colour and light; a dazzling kaleidoscope’. She wrote a book about her experiences with Ethan that inspired the creation of Kaleidoscope the show, a work that allows Ethan to express himself, through a physical form he loves, circus. The show journeys through the ups and downs of everyday life and celebrates the unique spirit of Ethan.
‘Sometimes the heart breaks and cracks open because so much love is bursting through’-Ethan
Directed by Chelsea McGuffin with the ensemble of Company 2 and Ethan Langridge