New theatre piece commissioned which challenges education system’s treatment of neurodivergent students


With the support of the Arts Council England, New Theatre Royal and Resident Artist Jon Adams, DYSPLA will produce an R&D project called, YOU WILL FAIL HER a new theatre piece that attacks Britain’s education system and condemns it for discriminating against neurodivergent students.

You Will Fail Her

You Will Fail Her. Image courtesy of DYSPLA.

“You will enter a world of movie projection, giant balloons and the soundscape of your inner voice. You will revisit your own childhood and there among your memories, you will relive a trauma so unforgivable that even you will feel the guilt of a system that continues to fail its children.”

Schools are facing 8 -10% cuts in their funding and are struggling to balance their budgets. In Portsmouth 216 teachers will lose their jobs due to the education cuts. In the first instance, it is the Teaching Assistants and SEN programmes that will be slashed, another example of discrimination against dyslexics and neurodivergent students, while grammar schools will have their funding boosted. Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, calls the continuation of grammar school funding “a vanity project” and says “they do not create school places for children who need them.”

YOU WILL FAIL HER is a one-woman performative installation that weaves the audience into the tapestry of the protagonist’s life through immersive theatre, moving image projection and an interactive soundscape. The performance will address topical themes of State and Parental responsibilities, explore the emotional consequences of a failed educational system and in light of the recent cuts to educational funding, prove that it is still the most vulnerable students in our society who continue to experience discriminative education.

After each performance guest speakers will be invited to lead a radical and forward-thinking debate, to address ways to challenge the issues within Britain’s educational system and to promote how Dyslexics and all neurodivergent students can still succeed within a defective system.

DYSPLA is currently inviting experts in dyslexia, mental health and educational reform, to create a Panel of Guest Speakers capable of challenging the suitability of Britain’s education system. Creative Network South is one of the first confirmed Guest Speakers who will lead a discussion on dyslexia and employability.

If you or your organisation would like to speak on Dyslexia, Mental Health or Educational Reform, please call or email Festival Producer Lennie Varvarides on +44(0)7917157748