Rising Stars


We are excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for our full time sessions. Starting 15th April, and running every week for 13 weeks (not including school holidays) which will take us right up to the summer holidays! 

Click below to find out more and sign up!

Welcome to Rising Stars…

Rising Stars

The Rising Stars Project will be providing fun, free and engaging performing arts based groups for children and young people with a diagnosis of autism (or who are undergoing diagnosis).

We are pleased to be offering this project completely free of charge and our friendly team are here to support you and your family. 

Rising Stars Meet the Team

All of our activities are aimed at people with a range of past experiences, so even if you’ve never done any performing arts before there’s no need to worry - you’ll be able to have fun and join in all the same!  

But what is it we actually offer? Well, we have a whole range of things, including drama games, character building, improvisation, dance classes, workshops for writing, acting and directing, and so much more. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about all kinds of performing arts related subjects in a fun, safe, supportive and inspiring environment. 

Make Memories, Learn Skills
and Grow Friendships

The Project is Free to Join

Headphones and Microphone

By the end of your time on this project you will have had a fun time and created lots of memories, but we also want you to have something to take away with you. That’s why we will be creating ‘showreels’ for Rising Stars participants, a little something to remember all you have accomplished. This might include videos of performances, group work, discussions, games, improvisations, scripted work and much more. 

Finally, we will be ending with a Rising Stars Showcase, a day where you get to show something off to your family and friends. This might be a performance you have created solo or with friends, it might be a script you have written, a song, a dance, a video or short film you’ve made, an art installation, or basically anything creative you might produce. We want this day to be a celebration of you and all you have achieved, so we really want you to let your personal interests shine! 

Sound Good?

Supported by Children in Need Logo 

Daisy Chain's new rising stars project is a performing arts participatory arts project that will specifically deliver to children and young people and their families at Daisy Chain in Norton. 

This project is being designed with service users at the heart of the planning process. The project leaves design gaps so that the project has natural ways to develop and change to suit the needs of the participants and families that are involved in it. Michael Watson, one of the programme leaders said "Performing arts is an incredibly useful medium to assist the development of people with autism and has been noted in a number of studies." 

Matt Campbell, the other programme leader said "Performing arts can be instrumental in not just enriching and entertaining children and young people on the autistic spectrum, but also as an educational and developmental tool as well. Through engaging with this project, we hope to help service users develop their communication skills, self-confidence, group working skills, emotional understandings and their sense of self. We will do this through various means throughout the project."

This project will utilise digital media, face to face sessions (when appropriate - due to the pandemic) and live performance. 

Michael Foster, the project coordinator said "We aim to create an unforgettable experience that our participants will carry with them for the rest of their lives which will bring with it lifelong skills that performing arts inherently provides." 

This project is live on the Daisy Chain website now and is open for applications.

Find out more about Rising Stars!