DYSPLA is an award winning arts organisation producing and developing the work of dyslexic + neurodivergent storymakers. We are an associate artist at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, we work internationally in film, immersive theatre, installation & digital art. Incorporated in 2013 to shed light on Dyslexic Narrative and the Dyslexic Aesthetic, DYSPLA is at the forefront of neurodivergent creativity. Dyspla.com
DYSPLA aims to:
• Produce and develop the work of dyslexic and neurodivergent storymakers.
• Create stories with undervalued and unheard communities around Britain and the world.
• Build a national and international network of dyslexic and neurodiverse creatives.
• Inspire Britain’s neurodivergent storymaking community
“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
Dyslexic and Neurodivergent storymakers have a strong heritage in narrative and non linear art history. Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso, WB Yeats, Stan Brakhage, Steve Mcqueen, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Spielberg, are just a few storymakers on an endless list, that share dyslexia as their commonality, and as their genius.
DYSPLA speaks up for the unrepresented voices in our society; those who are disenfranchised politically, socially, economically and educationally. We have built a creative community with the facility to enable artists to explore their craft to the extent that would only usually be available to established artists and large production houses. We are democratising the development and production process to allow, early career writers, artists and grassroots activists be heard.
The UK’s education system has belittled and undervalued the neurodivergent community for centuries. Cuts to education in the arts, craft and music, lead by the worship of academia and the mythical neurotypical are destroying our young storymakers.
DYSPLA believes that our education system is suited for the few. The ‘social model of disability’ says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s difference. We are looking at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for those who think differently. By undervaluing the creative, the risk taking and the empathetic, the UK have lost countless great minds over the years and will continue to, unless we realise society is made up of a plethora of individual minds.
In recent days, one of the UK’s great dyslexic resources went into administration. The loss of Dyslexia Action is another blow to a neurodivergent community which lacks government support. It is another blow to a voice of millions that deserve to be heard.
DYSPLA dreams of a world where each and every creative mind, no matter how different from society’s norms, is individually valued and can flourish within an empathetic and supportive environment. We exist in the hope of building the crucial, next generation of innovative thinkers.