Mixing music and theatre for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Now in its sixth successful year, Songlines is a special opportunity for young people with ASD and their peers to explore their creative side and devise a brand new piece of music theatre with a team of experienced artists from Manchester Camerata and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Participants build skills in music, drama and teamwork in a friendly, supportive environment during the free weekly sessions, before sharing their work with family and friends at the end of each term.

"Children like ours are often very hard on themselves and to give them something so positive as increased confidence is a wonderful gift... One thing I particularly enjoyed was seeing Oscar taking part in a group endeavour. It can be really difficult getting children like ours to put themselves and their own needs aside in order to create something together. For me, seeing that interaction is priceless."

The current Songlines project runs until March 2015 and is open to young people aged 10-14 with high functioning Autism/Asperger syndrome who would like to work alongside other young people and get creative. We are also looking for young people of a similar age who demonstrate ability within the creative arts but who face barriers to access or are unable to realise their potential due to a lack of confidence.

Throughout the Autumn term there will be two groups - one which meets on Tuesday evenings (for young people with high functioning Autism/Asperger syndrome) and a second group which meets on Thursday evenings (for young people who demonstrate ability within the creative arts but who face barriers to access). In the Spring term the two groups will come together and meet weekly on Monday evenings.

To discuss how you and your child might become involved with the project, please contact Lucy Geddes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0161 226 8696.