DYSPLA sent a call out looking for 3 neurodivergent storymakers, based in England, that were keen to write a script for screen or stage. We chose 3 and offered a 12-month program of development and support. The residency will be tailored to each resident and will take place in London throughout 2019. Along with Surgery Scripts sessions, dramaturgy, a rehearsed reading and mentoring.

Dr Julia Pascal is a playwright and theatre director. She was the first woman director at the National Theatre. Her stage plays have been produced internationally and have won prizes. Her awards have included a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, an Alfred Bradley BBC Award , Moondance Award and she was a finalist in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award of Excellence in Playwriting. Julia was nominated for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.

RESIDENCY STORY - “It is about a woman searching for independence, culturally and on all levels. It is about autonomy and the cruelty that comes back to those who inflict it.“

Juliapascal.org  - pascal-theatre.com

Jess Rahman-González “I am an emerging playwright, poet and co-artistic director of London-based queer theatre company Clumsy Bodies. Clumsy Bodies was established in response to the lack of representation of LGBTQIA+ and disabled people on-stage. As part of Clumsy Bodies, I devise theatre with other LGBTQIA+ and disabled artists. Clumsy Bodies’ debut production Iphigenia (A Rave Fable) performed at both the Bunker and the Bread & Roses in London, before transferring to Edinburgh Fringe. Our current production, Dead Reckoning, is a celebration of the everyday lives of transgender and non-binary people, and will premiere at VAULT Festival. Clumsy Bodies has been commissioned by Raze Collective to develop a short play about transgender representation in the media, which will tour nationally this summer.”

RESIDENCY STORY -  “I want to find new ways to speak about trauma that resists the autobiographical as it often feels like theatre based on testimony of silenced groups suggests that the power to get an audience to connect is inextricably linked to the autobiographical.”

Maike Hale-Jones is a writer, performer and artist educator currently living and working in London. Maike trained in screenwriting at London College of Communication. As well as screenplays she writes short stories and humorous personal essays that have been commissioned for organisations such as Cubitt Gallery and Open Source. Maike natural innate interest is in people, their character, the way they speak, their stories, this interest emerges in the strongly character driven nature of her work.

RESIDENCY STORY - “Hunter's Moon is a screen writing project I conceived of three years ago with my initial notion of it as a six part crime drama. It is drawn from my memories and experiences of growing up in Yorkshire in the 80s and 90s and what the landscape and culture of the north sparked in my imagination”

SURGERY SCRIPTS Since 2010 we have supported over 200 writers and directly worked with over 700 artists through Surgery Scripts (SS), our script development workshops primarily designed for the dyslexic and neurodivergent creatives. SS offers 4 writers per session an opportunity to work with professional directors and actors on around 15 minutes of their script. Each is performed and the writers receive feedback from the an audience of professional writers, directors, actors, producers. dyspla.com/SURGERY-SCRIPTS_script-development

NEURODIVERSITY The neurodiversity paradigm was initially embraced by individuals on the autism spectrum, but subsequent groups have applied the concept to other developmental conditions such as ADHD, developmental speech disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysnomia and intellectual disability; mental health conditions such as bipolarity, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, sociopathy, ]obsessive–compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. wikipedia.org

DYSLEXIA “Dyslexia a ‘specific learning difficulty,’ which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected. It’s estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.” NHS.uk

“Sometimes Abbreviated as ND, neurodivergent means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that diverges significantly from the dominant societal standards of ‘normal’. Neurodivergent people include dyslexics, dyspraxics, AD(H)D, autistics (including those with Asperger’s), dyscalculics, OCD, dysgraphics, Tourettes, etc.” The Westminster AchievAbility Commission for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence 2018.

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