Indigo Children, BBC Radio 4 (2018)

Jaime Winstone plays Lydia, a parent who refuses to accept her daughter Ros is on the autism spectrum – even when the diagnosis is from Ros herself.

Teenager Ros has been different all her life. Recently connecting to others on the autism spectrum, she decides to interview her mum and come out in her podcast. Reluctantly her mum Lydia agrees to be interviewed, but strongly rejects her daughter’s self-diagnosis. She describes a period from Ros’s childhood when she sought magical answers from an American educator and therapist.

Indigo Children by Hannah Silva explores a mistrust of conventional diagnosis and a misunderstanding of autism spectrum condition. It’s a modern fairy tale about a parent’s overwhelming need to do the best for her child. But in this case, it is the teenage child who decides what she needs – to be accepted as a young person on the autistic spectrum.

Ros is played by Lizzy Clark, an actor with asperger’s syndrome. She set up the campaign Don’t Play Me Pay Me to encourage disabled people to follow their own creative path.

Hannah Silva has written a number of dramas for radio including Marathon Tales co-written with Colin Teevan, Jump Blue, The Music Lesson and Solitary.

Director Jude Kelly has recently stepped down from 12 years as Artistic Director of the South Bank to devote herself to WOW – the Women of the World Festival she set up eight years ago. Indigo Children is her directorial debut for BBC Radio 4.

Writer: Hannah Silva

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Director: Jude Kelly
Producer: Melanie Harris
Exec Producer: Polly Thomas

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.