DYSSING MONADYS was designed to encourage people with dyslexia to indulge their imaginations and prove to the world, and themselves, that their dyslexia is not a disadvantage. Dyslexic artists, poets, writers, performers, etc. are encouraged to participate. DYSSING MONADYS was produced by DYS(the)LEXI


Poet & Filmmaker Bios

Henry Fleet (poet) started writing poems in March, is very unaccomplished, knows astonishingly little about anything, hardly went to university and is riddled with self-doubt/confidence. Henry also writes plays and was trained, in a way, on Soho Theatre YWP and the Royal Court YWP. His only hit so far was a play called Who’s Harry? which won a Fringe First in Edinburgh in 2002 and transferred to the Pleasance, London. He reads scripts for the Weinstein Company, Soho Theatre and Old Vic, and after working in theatre production at the Old Vic and Act Productions, is now beginning a career as a journalist. As you will see, Henry is dyslexic.

Emma Elliott (poet, The Dog And Duck Fables) A Duck’s eye view of a dog’s world. Emma is a writer, performing poet, teacher, therapist, professional speaker whose aim is to empower, inspire, and enlighten. Emma’s latest book, Back To The Sky: How To Fly With DYSLEXIA, is to be published by Olympia Publishers this year {Synopsis of The Dog And Duck Fables: is to share valuable lessons: to embrace your true nature, to put down the boxing gloves and find inner peace, to face inner fear and to follow your inner calling}

Sarah Murphy (filmmaker, Poles Apart) “I seemed to be drawing all the time and reading comics. I completed a Fine Arts Degree in 1996 and worked as a community worker for ten years, before embarking on an Animation degree. My work is traditional drawn animation. I work best at night, where my drawings take me on journeys. Journeys, change and memory are words, which to best describe my work. The rest is up to the viewer. Different people perceive the work in different ways.”

Anita Gallo (filmmaker, Watching) Passionate about writing, Anita has had a theatre play performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2006) and short films screened on Sky TV (2007-08).


LD is about the relationship between Mike Green, a crabby and frustrated dyslexic novelist and his new no nonsense editor Tracey Johnston. Tracey’s son, Kenny is also dyslexic and she doesn’t know how to handle his disability. While working with Mike she learns of the physical and emotional difficulties that’s part of being dyslexic. Mike also discovers how to cope better with his disabilities {Written by Matt Heftler. Directed by Malwina Sworczuk. Music by Jerzy Bielsky. Cast: Samantha Hopkins, Adrian Rodriguez-Cova}

Matt Heftler (writer, LD) is a native of New York. Many of his short plays have been produced at off-off-off Broadway in venues including Ensemble Studio, Medicine Show, and Producers club. His other works were performed in acclaimed festivals such as Samuel French 2004 & 20005, Riant Theatre Strawberry Festival, and Native Aliens. Last year his play Falling From The Sky was given top honor by the Chameleon Theatre group play festival. Matt is also an associate member of the Dramatist Guild. His play LD had professional staged readings at Cherry Lane and the Gene Frankel theatre. He’s thrilled to see his play being performed by group of his fellow dyslexics.

Malwina Sworczuk (director, LD) is a professionally trained actress and dancer as well as a graduate from University of Gdansk with MA in Psychology. She has performed in theatres in Poland, New York and London, and toured over two years around Switzerland with acclaimed musical HAIR. She has been involved in running many dance and drama workshops for adults and young people. After moving to London she has decided to follow her directing career. In 2007 she directed Rain in Spain, a dark and twisted comedy, for The Tarantara Theatre and this year she is involved in 3 other theatre projects, including LD. Apart from theatre, she also works on films as a scriptwriter and a director.

Samantha Hopkins (actress, LD) is a 27 year old actress who graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts last year. Whilst training she was cast in a wide variety of roles from virtuous Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses to feisty Sarah in O Go My Man. Since leaving drama school she has had leading roles in a number of short films, including Dulcie in The Most Important Question You Will Ever Ask (Storm56). Theatre credits include: Mira in Pluto (Grit Productions/Mokita Productions – Blue Elephant Theatre) and Gemma in Involution (Mokita Productions – Pacific Playhouse and then Pleasance Dome for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She was a finalist for the 2007 Alan Bates Bursary offered by the Actor’s Centre and assessed by a prestigious panel including Janet Suzman and Anton Lesser.

Adrian Rodrigues (actor, LD) graduated from Drama Studio London in July 2008. Previously, he has played a chainsaw killer in the short film Mendoza on Fonejacker (E4) and DL in Feelgood (The Times weekend choice May 2007)


Chocolate Sabotage explores the interactions of the work place and observes how these interactions develop into a concoction of meaningless recurrences, masquerading as intimate relationships at best and cruel power games at worst. The players fill their personal void with; food, work, gossip or sexual tension, as an attempt to distract themselves from their loneliness. These distractions often expose how fragile the characters really are and the honesty they try so hard to deny. The harder they try to cover up their unhappiness, the more it slips out when they think no one is watching. Chocolate Sabotage is a one act play that exposes the facades we adopt around the people who we think do not know us and the effects these so-called relationship have on our well-being. {Written/directed by Lennie Varvarides. Cast: Alex Tanner, Louise Morell, Claire Rafferty, Chryssanthy Kouri}

Lennie Varvarides (writer/director Chocolate Sabotage) “Coming from a visual art and theatre background, my stories are often mixed up and the styles are quite confused. Once upon a time, this was frustrating. But now, I love the inconsistency of my own imagination. My mantra, ‘nothing happens until you push,’ pretty much sums me up. I do theatre stuff because its the only thing I know how to do with out getting bored or tired, and I create these lucid worlds because they are often more wonderful then the routine of my day job. I don’t like rules, and after spending a few years living and working in New York City–writing, directing and producing my own work–I realised that I don’t need to follow anyone elses. The old saying, ‘build it and they will come’ motivated me to set up missfit Productions, with the help of some very good mates. I like people, so email me if you have an idea or want to partner up on a project.”

Louise Morell (actress, Chocolate Sabotage) Recent theatre includes Awk_word, East End Chicago, Making Time, Hi I’m Vince, Tribunal, The Marchioness Inquiry, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo & Juliet, Vinegar Tom, The Comedy of Errors, The Adventures of Venice, Arms and the Man, The Winter’s Tale. Screen work includes The Great Stink (Channel 5), Crimewatch (BBC), Elizabeth I/AOL, Phall (British Short Film Festival), Souvenir (Highgate Film Festival), Crazy Day and several commercials and short films. Louise has also worked on a number of audio productions including The Young Person’s Guide to Shakespeare (RSC/Pavilion Books) and Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions).

Chryssanthi Kouri (actress, Chocolate Sabotage) is thrilled to reprise her role as Melissa in Chocolate Sabotage for the second time this year. Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, her most notable appearances have been as Pakeesa in Suburbia at Pentameters Theatre, Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII at The Rose Theatre, Bankside and as both Kattrin and Yvette in Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children with the Solent Peoples Theatre. Other favourite roles include Queen Margaret in Henry VI, Varya in the Cherry Orchard and Sally Stokes in The Passing-Out Parade. Chryssanthi also has directing and script writing experience, having written, produced and directed two short films.

Alex Tanner (actor, Chocolate Sabotage) has returned to the stage after a hiatus of 8 years. He relishes the opportunity of playing a powerful, sensitive, authoritarian, boyish paradox in Lennie Varvarides’ compelling Chocolate Sabotage. Alex is filming his first feature in late October and has benefitted enormously from the discipline of a cutting-edge theatre performance.


Deception, Illusion, And Nate revolves around the relationship of Nate and Sophie Porter, a mid twenties couple who have enjoyed a few years of marriage together until one morning when Nate wakes to an unforgivable and unexplained pain in his lower back. The more he investigates his phantom pain, the more he realizes that things are not what they seem. Sophie, meanwhile, digs herself deeper and deeper into a world of jealously and deluded thoughts. It’s not until Nate discovers his relationship is doomed that he’s able to let go and find the truth behind the his fate. {Written by Catie O’Keefe. Directed by Amanda Guiseppi. Cast: Michelle McMahon, Matthew Schmolle, Tiffany King}

Catie O’Keefe (writer, Deception, Illusion And Nate) holds a BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon USA and a Masters in Playwriting from Royal Holloway University of London. Her work has been performed at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Lewis & Clark College, Royal Holloway University, The Royal Court Upstairs and the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She participated in the Fall 2007 session of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and is currently attending the Invitation Class back at the Royal Court. Her most recent pieces include The Bathtub Session, Extraction, 264 Hours and The Space Between My Head and My Body which premiered at the Underbelly’s Baby Belly 3 in Edinburgh. Her next project includes a spot in the DYSMING MONADYS’s Dyslexic Playwriting festival with her play Deception, Illusion and Nate in October 2008

Amanda Guiseppi (director, Deception, Illusion And Nate) After completing an Honours BA in Theatre and Film Studies from McMaster University in Canada, Amanda Guiseppi came to London to complete her MA in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University of London, where she directed Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet (Studio Theatre). In the past she has been involved in such productions as: The Walrus and the Carpenters, Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed, The Juniper Tree and ‘da Kink in my Hair. Earlier this year Amanda assistant directed/stage managed Zeitgeist Theatre’s production of Initial Conditions (King’s Head Theatre).

Michelle McMahon (actress, Deception, Illusion And Nate) Michelle studied speech and drama in Ireland. A member of Dublin Youth Theatre, she was active in the Irish theatre scene from a young age. Recently, she’s founded a new collective with six other London-based actors. She has been working with director Eamonn Jones at the Actor’s Theatre School and is appearing in a new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions, to be staged in December.

Matthew Schmolle (actor, Deception, Illusion And Nate) Matthew graduated from LIPA in 2006. Recent theatre work includes: Centurion (Tabard Theatre), The Space Between (Theatre 503 & The Underbelly), Cafe Cinderella (Theatre 503 @ Latitude), Yellow Rain & The Wake (Southwark Playhouse), Flesh and Blood (Theatre 503), Orlando in As You Like It (National Tour), Arabian Nights (BAC), Faraway (The Cockpit). Commercials: Citibank, Talk-Talk. TV: Family Jewels (A&E TV). Short Film: Black Gold (Davey Inc.)

Tiffany King (actress, Deception, Illusion And Nate) Tiffany trained at Royal Holloway, University of London and with The National Youth Theatre. Recent credits range from classical productions such as Jatinda Verma’s workshop performance of The Tempest to new writing (Life on Earth Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Scene Underground, God Save the Teen, ID:1000 with NYT) modern performances (Billie in Harlem Duet) and multi-role playing in the UK tour of The Jungle Book. Most recently, Tiffany enjoyed a successful run at The Arcola in Zoop Zoop Hackney Who Aksed You?


Behind The Wire: set in 1970’s Belfast, examines the conflicts in Northern Ireland during its most tumultuous time in history. The play examines what happened to the families, those left behind and the lives lost to the Maze Prison {Written by Rebecca Gooden. Directed by Chris Lynch. Cast: Fiona, Barbara, Lawrence}

Rebecca Gooden (writer, Behind The Wire) trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama as a playwright and graduated this year. Behind the Wire is the first play she has written.


The Crucifixion Of Madeline McKay: Madeline McKay is serving life for the brutal murder of her rapist. After handing herself in and going to prison, she decides to take her own life. She is advised to consult the prison counsellor and this is where the play begins. Madeline’s story of sexual abuse and victimisation at the hands of her local priest is exposed {Written by Alex Morrisroe. Directed by Steve Harris. Cast: ‎Beverley Eve, Louise Jackson}

Alex Morrisroe (writer, The Crucifixion Of Madeline McKay) is a dyslexic writer from Manchester. Due to irreconcilable differences, she suffered an acrimonious split from school at fourteen, after which she went on to sell the Socialist Worker, work in the charity sector, raise a child, fall in love with theatre, and give up caffeine, binge drinking, and religion to finally discover where her true happiness hang outs. Alex believes creativity is a natural, innate, human drive that everyone has a right to express and should do so regardless of disability, age, gender, race, religion, or socio-economic factors. She believes all aspects of self and experience contributes towards the depth of an artist’s work and offers relevance to their vision.

Steve Harris (director, The Crucifixion Of Madeline McKay) Theatre credits include PEACHES EN REGALIA at the Camden’s People Theatre, VIRGINIA WOOLF GETS MAKEOVER at the Kings Head, Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Montgomery Clift at the Lion and Unicorn and Tabard Theatre, Frankie And Johnny In The Clair de Lune at the Eye Theatre, Cricket Match also at the Eye Theatre, Inculpatus at the Pentameters Theatre, Danny & the Deep Blue Sea for the Welsh Arts Council, Hess at the Mill Studios, Union Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival, also for the Edinburgh Festival he directed Fright Nights (Artistic Director), Waxworks, Montague John Druitt, The Guardian and Passengers. He has also directed children shows such as Peter Pan and National Pantomime Tours.

Beverly Eve (actress, The Crucifixion Of Madeline McKay) Beverley grew up in Kenya, Liverpool, Indonesia and Somerset and spent much of her varied upbringing on the stage. She has performed in over 15 productions at the Edinburgh Festival and Moscow Podium Festival, including lead roles in Ben Eltons’ Popcorn, Pinters’ A Night Out, Gogols Marriage, and musical Lucky Stiff. Most recent theatre credits Ayckbournes’ A Cricket Match, Windermere, The Mozart Story, Proof, Therese Raquin. Recent Film credits include Nobody the Great, The Donor (selected for 7 International Festivals, including Cannes ’06), Unto this Last (East End Film Festival), The Pool, The Be all and End All, and Mixed Up. She has also worked on a number of short films, including two which she recently co-produced and starred in with real life mother, Barbara Hatwell, called Delicate and Just Another Friday Night.

Louise Jackson (actress, The Crucifixion Of Madeline McKay) Theatre credits include: Joanne in Peaches En Regalia at the Camden’s People Theatre, Frankie in Frankie And Johnny In The Clair de Lune at The Eye Theatre, P C Brown at The Shaw Theatre, Paulina in Death And The Maiden at the Barons Court Theatre, Cynthia in The Real Inspector Hound, Mag in The Long Voyage Home, Anita in The Movie Man all at the Edinburgh Festival, Ladies And Gentlemen, Mr Montgomery Clift (A one woman show ) at the Tabard Theatre, Maria Anna in The Mozart Story at Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Liz in Darlings You Were Wonderful at The Kings Head and Elaine in Ruby Saturday at the Courtyard.


SUSANNA is a madcap romantic comedy. A group of students come together after a night at the disco. Rum is flowing. Emotions run high. Attempts at philosophy run rampant and… of course young love blossoms… and that’s just the first scene! {Written by N.N. Rashkin. Directed by Vince Tycer. Music by Jerzy Bielsky. Cast: Suzanne Goldberg, Gabriella Schmidt, Natasha Radski, Simon Burbage, Neil Suarez, Frank Threapleton-Horroks, John Hickey}

N.N. Rashkin (writer, Susanna) is a playwright based in Russia.

Vince Tycer (director, Susanna) has recently moved to London from California. Recent directing work includes Reefer Madness the Musical and Menotti’s opera The Medium. He has an Master’s of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of California at Irvine and studied acting at Drama Studio London.

Natasha Radski (actress, Susanna) is a British Eastern-European actress. Theatre credits include: Yvonne in My Wife’s Dead Mother and Lucile in Love and the Piano at Greenwich Playhouse, Mrs Vick in Enemy of the People at Union Theatre, Antigone in Antigone at Malborough Theatre Brighton. BBC radio drama work include: Yara in Forty Three, Fifty Nine, Anja in Ariel by David Spencer, Magda in Dreaming in English by John Godber, Tanya Moroz in The King of Prypiat, Lena Korolev in Doctor Who, Singularity. On screen Natasha appeared as an Eastern-European comedy character Magda in David Croft’s sitcom pilot Here Comes the Queen. Natasha also works as a voice over and did a voice for a BAFTA winning computer game Half Life 2.

Suzanne Goldberg (actress, Susanna) trained at East 15 Acting School. Her theatre credits include: Sarah in Ramblin’ Man (Kings Head); Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband (Cockpit Theatre); Belinda in The Provoked Wife (Courtyard Theatre); Nancy in Moll Flanders (Southwark Playhouse). Film credits include: Jane in Stalk of Grass, Claire in Music Scholarship, Ruth in Inside Blue and Tanya in Music Man.

Frank Threapleton-Horrocks (actor, Susanna) “I live in Brentwood, Essex and have lived there most of my life. Studied performing arts at college then went on to do a BA (Hons) in performing arts at De Montfort University, Leichster, for three years. After that, I spent four years working with young offenders in South East London as part of a youth justice board program. A fun, interesting, and illuminating time might I add. Still wanting to be an actor, though, I did a ten week refresher course at The London Centre For Theatre Studies and then enrolled in the one year post grad acting course they ran. While there, I achieved a gold at BADC Stage Combat. Finished drama school, spent a year or so working, travelling, and paying off my debts, then got down to concentrate on acting. As far as acting is concerned, when I was much younger (and had an agent), I appeared in shows such as The Bill, Harry Enfielfd and Chums, and Bliss. While with The Actor’s Company, I acted in The Seagull, The Crucible, The Matchmaker, and Dark of the Moon at the Jermyn St Theatre. Since leaving drama school, I have appeared in two adverts, for Kingsmill Bread and the Championship Manager football game and a short film, The Sculptor. I also dabble in stand up comedy as and when I’m feeling masochistic.”

Gabriella Schmidt (actress, Susanna) trained at The Oxford School of Drama after training originally as a ballet dancer at Central School of Ballet. She began performing as a teenager and her professional theatre credits include The Wind in the Willows (National Theatre), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Oliver! (Palladium), Ballet Central UK Tour, Great Expectations (The Shaw Theatre), Swan Lake/Coppelia (UK and Swiss Tour), Romeo and Juliet with English National Ballet (Royal Albert Hall) and Song of a Forgotten Summer (Theatro Technis). Roles at drama school include Polina in The Seagull, Marta Bernick in Pillars of the Community, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Blenheim Palace), Helen Banner in After the Dance and most recently Tanya in Plasticine (Southwark Playhouse). Film includes Sister My Sister (Channel 4 Film), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros.), Sunday (Guerrier Brothers) and The Letter (OSD). Radio roles include Anne in Precious, Jess in Love and Money and Melanie in Completely Fucking See-Through, all at OSD and for Carleton Hobbs at the BBC where she received a Commendation for Outstanding Solo Work. Gabriella is delighted to be a part of Dyssing Monadys.

Simon Burbage (actor, Susanna) After performing in many local performances in his hometown in Dorset, Simon went on to East 15 where he obtained an MA in TV, film and radio, studying under professionals such as Ed Hicks, John Gillett, Gordon House and Kate Williams.

Neil Suarez (actor, Susanna) Neil trained at Drama Studio London and since graduating has worked with numerous companies including The Barbican, ENO, and Birmingham Stage Company. Neil is excited about presenting this new piece of writing.

John Hickey (actor, Susanna) Coming from a background of working with children, John’s professional career since drama school has been largely rooted in children’s theatre, from tours of Germany and Italy, with White Horse Theatre and Palketto Stage, respectively, to a season of full costume skins work at Thorpe Park. Offsetting this has been a lot of adult work, ranging from the highly acclaimed devised piece, Principle Of Motion, which garnered a Critic’s Choice Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the dark horror short, The Pigeon Man. John enjoys projects involving multiple parts and is looking forward to creating more great characters for this piece.

Jerzy Bielski (composer/musician, Susanna) “I graduated from Middlesex University in London in a Jazz Guitar class. As to jazz, I currently collaborate with folk/jazz singer Monika Lidke. Apart from the guitar, I play the classic analog Moog synthesiser pluged into various sound-modulating electronic effects in a band called LANZA! (www.myspace.com/lanzacollective), among other projects, playing electro-acoustic experimental improvisation. Besides, I become more and more often involved in different multi-art collaborations, such as playing live to contemporary dance performances (choreography: Saija Lehtola and Rosa Aledo, 2007 and 2008 at Middlesex University), live “jam seassion” with dancers (contact improvisation workshops, June 2008, Moving East, London), and currently writing a score for S. I. Witkiewicz play The Mother (premiere: 13th of January 2009 at The Rosemary Branch Theatre).”


Festival Presenter

Lucy Jones has spent some time at the Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro, some time at Goldsmith’s University, and quite a lot of time in the pubs of North West London. Her happy-go-lucky attitude led her to the DYSSING MONADYS audition where she arrived uninvited and without a script, feeling a bit of a wally. Luckily the nice people at missfit Productions decided to give her a chance at presenting. Lucy will follow the development of all of the productions featured in the festival and host the show each evening as the self-titled Mistress of Ceremonies Extraordinaire: Miss L.A. Jones. Or possibly Jonez for a more exotic sound…


Production Team

Festival & Theatre Director: Lennie Varvarides
Website Designer, Graphics Designer, & Website Manager: Amy Schulz
Festival Presenter: Lucy Jones
Stage Manager: Lauren Bissett
PR & Marketing: Anna Terry
PR Assistant: Pennie Varvarides
Media Partner: Shoreditch Map
Venue Sponsors: Accelerator Troy Bar The City Arc
Sponsors In Kind: Adult Dyslexia Organisation Don’t Panic Shoreditch Map
In Partnership With: Write To Ignite