The UK’s first neurodiverse comedy/poetry/performance nights…

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LAVA ELASTIC celebrates neurodivergent people in comedy and the arts by hosting nights featuring a variety of exciting and eclectic neurodiverse acts including performers, artists, comedians and poets.

As a differently-abled performer, it can be a daunting struggle to navigate the social codes of promoters and venues. Here at LAVA ELASTIC, we believe it needn’t be that hard. Talented performers should be able to reach an audience without the risk of being labelled ‘difficult’, ‘niche’ or ‘problematic’ due to their access requirements.

Founded and hosted by neurodivergent performer/promoter Sarah Saeed, LAVA ELASTIC provides a platform for an awesome array of acts, supporting all access requirements.

Beginning in 2018 at Sweet Werks in Brighton, LAVA ELASTIC has hosted over 60 neurodiverse performers in shows for Brighton Fringe Festival, Bradford Fringe Festival and Autism Arts Festival, among others.

During the first UK Lockdown, LAVA ELASTIC switched to online shows sharing our talented acts with thousands of people across the country and beyond. You can watch the shows on our Facebook Page.

In 2021 LAVA ELASTIC was funded by Arts Council England to go on tour. Alongside shows across the country, LAVA ELASTIC hosted ACCESS RIDER workshops with Vijay Patel, providing performers with the tools to identify and communicate their needs.

Check out our upcoming events on our SHOWS page and join us for a magical time of fun and frivolity.

Viva La Difference!

Lava Elastic

Latest Shows


13th of August 2021


27th of June 2021


13th of June 2021


20th of November 2020

Meet Our Team

Sarah Saeed

Creator of Lava Elastic

LAVA ELASTIC ‘inventor’ and host, Sarah Saeed, created the UK’s first openly neurodiverse comedy and performance night in response to experiencing the challenges faced by differently-abled performers.

Since the age of nine, Sarah’s felt more comfortable on stage than having “normal” conversations with people. After studying Devising Theatre Performance, Sarah developed her alter-ego, Marianna Harlotta, which enabled her to express things she otherwise struggled to. This ability to communicate best under the guise of entertaining in character made more sense when, at the age of 38, she was diagnosed with Aspergers.

Since her diagnosis in 2016, Sarah’s made it her mission to increase accessibility for neurodiverse performers in comedy and the arts. This journey began as an original member of the touring performance company Stealth Aspies and continued with the creation of LAVA ELASTIC.

Sarah’s aim is to build a model of comedy and entertainment that is welcoming to audiences and performers who are neurodiverse and/or have social anxiety (without excluding anyone ‘neurotypical’). While supporting performers and creating an inclusive environment is Sarah’s goal, her primary objective above all is to entertain and amuse!

The inspiration for the LAVA ELASTIC came from Sarah’s other passion - lights and lamps! Follow Sarah on Instagram and Twitter @barbsarah to find out the latest in all things LAVA ELASTIC and beautiful lights.

Sarah Johnson

Stage Manager

Sarah Johnson supports in person on the nights (front of house, venue managing, keeping Sarah S calm and focused on her trickier days etc) Also it's crucial to mention Jesse Payne, wonderful regular tech for the nights and also Sarah S's wing-woman when she's hosting the night...with Sarah's ADHD runaway brain tendencies she sometimes needs reminding to stop talking and introduce an doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen! They've organically become something of a little band of happy collaborators...once a month to make audiences really happy...and have gained a reputation for ensuring acts on the bill have particularly enjoyable gigs.'

Grace Baird

Digital Producer

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Lava Elastic is massively welcoming people who are ‘Neurodivergent’ (ND) but the key is in the word Neurodiverse as in…all humans!  You don’t have to be ND to gig with us (Neurotypicals welcome!)
Also the venue is wheelchair accessible so if you have other access needs you can join us too, on the stage or in the audience, just email us to ask about getting a slot, we’re always happy to hear from you!

15-17 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL