Leading Autism Campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE, in association with Pineapple Performing Arts, presented its 7th successful year of legendary show Autism’s Got Talent
Whilst Britain’s Got Talent is being aired every week in the UK, a revolutionary show that exceeds expectation year upon year, took place that highlighted real virtuosity of talented individuals from across the world known as ‘Autism’s Got Talent’. Created by Anna Kennedy Online an Autism awareness charity, prevailed its success in its seventh year of showcasing performances by adults and children with autism. Supported by Pineapple Performing Arts, this sensational presentation of real talent has grown in popularity each year and 2018 firmly cemented Anna Kennedy Online as the leading charity bringing positive impact to inclusion and raising autism awareness uniquely that has rocked the whole world every year.
With more than 500,000 people diagnosed with autism in the UK it is easy to simply label individuals and communities and is often misunderstood by incorrect perceptions created in the media.
The lady behind this is no other than inspirational Anna Kennedy OBE who founded the concept in 2012 aspiring to break barriers and misconceptions of Autism by creating the show but also giving a platform to talented individual and recognising the ability not the disability, raising awareness unconventional to other charities and mapping into the mainstream world thus bringing both together. The performers this year consisted of singers, actors, musicians dance troupes and a magician whom all revealed their extraordinary talent to a theatre of 650 people.
The stars of the evening were:
- Charlotte Fieldson and Calvin Glen – singing an incredible duet ‘All I ask of you ‘
- Lewis Turner and Sam Geldard – Sam sang and played the ukulele and Lewis played the African Drum
- Lakhile Dlamini – a 10-year-old musician who displayed his skills and played a medley on the keyboard .
- Lauren Hooper and Richard Sanderson – singing an original song ‘ Invisible.’
- Matthew Shelton – singing ‘Cry me a River’
- Theodor Matthews – recited his own poem.
- Jack Mitchell – age 21 who treated the audience to a rendition of his own song, Where The Poppies Fall, which he wrote in memory of those who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and also playing the acoustic guitar to pay homage to those who fought and died in WWI.
- Mel Golding – sang her own son as a tribute to her late Father.
- Josh Beasley – magician showcasing his tricks to Robin Windsor.
- Martin Finn – who was on BBC Autistic Superstars, Martin is non-verbal but sang and left the audience in tears and showed him being ‘One in a million’ because of the margin between his ability and disability.
- Kieron Lee – powerful singer who captivated the audience with his mesmerising voice singing ‘Never Enough’
- Rachel Barcellona – who flew over from the US and sang opera which left the audience captivated.
- Generation 2 – Street dance group who are from Hillingdon Manor School.
- Pineapple Performing Arts Scholarship Winners Aston, Charlotte, Jack, Callum, Dylan, Sophia, Ethan and Macauley who were outstanding on stage with their collaborative styles and so unique.
- Thomas Puttock – sand a song from Princess and the Frog.
The evening’s final showdown was Anna Kennedy OBE herself who danced with AWA generation 2 from Hillingdon Manor School. The finale was emotional and the audience appreciative for experiencing and being part of an unforgettable evening.
This year’s avid supporters included Robin Windsor, Kacey Ainsworth Patron of the charity and Danielle Lloyd the charity ambassador who were welcomed on the red carpet and then presented the acts with a synopsis of their journey.
Danielle and Kacey both attended the Autism Hero Awards last year, Robin was Anna’s dance partner when she was selected out of 2000 people to be in BBC The People’s Strictly in 2015 and shared her story to 11 million viewers.
Describing the event Anna Kennedy said. “I don’t know how but the show gets better every year. The effect it has on the performers, their families and the audience is mind-blowing. You have to watch the show to experience what I am talking about. I’m so proud that I didn’t want it to end. This is a great opportunity for those with autism to get up on stage and really showcase what they can do. So often society views these people as difficult and uncommunicative, but this event will really dispel that myth”
Maggie Paterson, head of Pineapple Performing Arts said. “We are so pleased to be co-hosting this event. I have been truly amazed at how talented and committed these people are. They have shown us every year that we should never label people and always look for the best to come out naturally.”
Due to the ever popular and increasing demand, there will be roadshows taking place in St Ives in Cornwall on 14th July 2018 and in The Wirral on 23rd November, click here for details as applications are also open.