USE YOUR WORDS
The break up and break out of an autistic mind
Photo Credit: Jonathan Phang 2020
An Audio Drama - Podcast
Henpire is an original podcast by Samantha Grierson a new writer who identifies as queer and autistic and Directed by Jacquie Lawrence, BAFTA award winner & author Different for Girls & Same but Different.
Three acquaintances; extremely different women find themselves working together to support a friend’s company in crisis. In doing so, they discover their diverse skill sets and way of thinking/working may be the key to something successful. Hen, a high flying TV Exec with a ‘just do it’ attitude; Ella, seemingly calm liberal North London softy and Drax, an autistic writer and mother of 2.
Will they be able to navigate their differences, to reach their common goal – to show the world they can build a successful media company which celebrates all things femme?
Based on a true story...
Henpire portrays neurodiverse and queer people in a positive light and celebrates the fun and indeed challenges facing these under-represented groups. This comedy appeals to everyone and opens up conversations on difficult subjects such as autism, alternative families and parenting, queer women and so much more.
Ella: Patricia Potter: Actor/Sculptor born Canterbury, known for Shakespeare in Love, Holby and Just Charlie
Drax: Heather Peace: singer/song writer/actor born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, known Lip Service, Waterloo Road and Holby
Free to listen
Cast and Crew – 14 people, 12 Women (11 identify as queer)
Henpire now available in paperback - read along with the pod cast.
Mole, the second of three plays which chart stories of women in their 30’s, 40s and 50’s with a later life diagnosis of autism, who are dealing with issues of motherhood and difficult relationships...
Mole is set in Wales and tells the story of a lonely autistic woman in her 50’s, who is an unusucessful facepainter. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with a very English Lady of the Manor and as their relationship blossoms and they share stories, we see how their unifying and painful experiences of motherhood build a touching friendship.
An Original Play by Sam Grierson
Crocodile is fast talking, fast acting and does whatever occurs to her. Her best mate Beau tries to keep her on track and her irreverent sense of humour goes someway to curb her behaviour…. enter Syd… a decorator with a love of ice cream and looking for something more…. exit Crocodile who is always looking for something different... until she isn’t.
A bitter sweet play that navigates identity, neurodiversity, loss, love and mushrooms.
Fasten your seatbelt...
CLOWNING AROUND PODCAST - HIDDEN DISABILITES
Autism and writing
Join the host Emma and her Clown Barbara talking all things the Hidden Disabilities. What is it like to be diagnosed in your 40s with Autism? How do you explore and live with hidden disabilities? What is it like to come out not once but twice in your life? How does Barbara respond to giving pauses in conversations? How does the creative process flow for Sam and so much more….
Podcast number 35
OTHER ARTICLES AND PODCASTS
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MINDSET MENTOR MEETS ....
The Mindset Mentor Meets Podcast which hears Angela interviewing Samantha Grierson, Transformation & Strategy Director and published Playwright. She proudly supports LBGT+ as one of the Outstanding 100 LBGT+ Execs and having recently been diagnosed with autism she is an advocate for Autism Awareness too. Her published play, Crocodile is based largely on her experiences of living with autism and is destined for greatness. Samantha shares her experience of growing up and moving into adulthood feeling different, not only because she knew she was gay but for a reason she couldn't put her finger on. It was only later when she was diagnosed with autism that everything fell into place. She generously shares her proudest moments including how she recently attended a writing retreat and produced a script for a play which beautifully articulates the challenges she has faced. She goes on to share the initial fear and trepidation she felt in wanting to be authentic and share her sexuality at work and her ultimate joy at being able to support and champion LBGT+ as a senior leader. An uplifting and inspiring half hour.