Missfit Mondays was a mini-festival, one that blended innovative theatre with inventive new writing. It wove poetry, music, theatre, and the moving image together–providing a platform for work which transcended the constraints of the traditional. Set up as a festival fundraiser for DYS(THE)LEXI, Missfit Mondays was co-produced by missfit productions and Touchwaves–a performing arts group which specialises in bringing words and music together in uncommon ways and with a large measure of improvisation.

Missfit Mondays took place on four consecutive Mondays–February through May 2009–at The Troy Bar, Hoxton Street, London.



Nicholas McInerny (writer, Windfall) “I write to express my hopes and confront my fears. And to explore that moment of transformation in my characters that will inspire an audience to do the same.”

Tanith Lindon (director, Windfall) “I’m truly passionate about developing new work in theatre, and have set up a monthly night in Borough called The Jam to showcase the best of London’s new writing and performing talent. I was drawn to missfit for their similar ethos.”

Simon Child (actor, Windfall) “To collaborate with talented people, and bring to life that which the writer intended is nothing short of enthralling for me. To arrive at the truth is something surely all of us aspire to!”

Alexander Gatehouse (actor, Windfall) has just graduated from LAMDA: Theatre since graduating: All For Honour (Tara Arts), Persephone (Silver Spoon) 3 Way (Etcetera). Theatre at LAMDA: Lord Fancourt Babberly (Charlie’s Aunt), Brazen (The Recruiting Officer), Father Bojevic (Pentecost), Roy Cohn (Angels in America), Bob Hackabout (Still), Medvedenko (The Seagull), Topolski (The Pillowman). Other roles include: Buster (Hanging Around, Kneehigh RNT), Steward (Valpariso, Old Red Lion), Miles (Eligies, Fortune Theatre), Profulus (The Broken Heart, White Bear), George Matcham JR (A Bequest to the Nation, Jermyn Street Theatre.) Film includes: Bret (The Snow Club), Jake (The one inside, SKA Screen)

Francesca Ellis (actress, Windfall) trained at University College Salford and The Arts Educational Schools London. After a varied career in both musical theatre and acting, her credits include; Les Miserables UK tour, Gilbert and Sullivan season with the Carl Rosa opera, West End and US tour, Company directed by Sam Mendes, West End, The Caucasion Chalk Circle and Soul Traders both Edinburgh Festival, Joyful Noise (rehearsed reading) Hampstead Theatre, Holby City BBC, Two Pints of Lager and a packet of Crisps for the Comedy Directors Course, Hair Spectrum Arena Norway, solo vocalist for Wonderful West End UK and Holland, The Pirates of Penzance UK tour, Oklahoma UK tour. Workshops; Tony Pratchetts Only You Can Save Mankind, The Amazing Mr Blunden directed by Stephen Dexter and Dearly Beloved adapted from Evelyn Waughs The Loved One. Francesca is delighted to be part of new writing for Missfit Mondays.

Jumping Off Cliffs by Philippa Tatham. “My first ever house was a converted pigeon coop with mould on the walls, although my mother insists it wasn’t a pigeon coop, it was a dovecot, which is a classier edifice altogether. I have since ended up in London, where I live in a shambolic Edwardian bedsit because the dovecot infected me with a hopeless sense of romanticism I’ve never been able to shake off, and persuaded me I should live the penniless life of an artist rather than find a proper job. I write because I have to. That’s all.”

The Rape Of Lucrece by Gerard Logan. “I believe in magic. I believe that happiness is to be found in the full use of one’s powers along lines of excellence.”


More Participants

Wrapped Up by Ella Simpson.
Finding the Geocache by Rachel Barnett.
Bloody Women by Emer O’Connor.
Storytelling Leon Conrad & Sam Fathi.
Free Beer by Jonathan Brown.
Performance Poetry by Annoushka Bayley.


About The Organizers

Lennie Varvarides has high standards and doesn’t like rules and has learned to love the inconsistency of her imagination.

Leon Conrad, co-founder of Touchwaves, gets excited when people allow their soul-light to shine through their voices in performance–in any way–to tell their stories.



A special thank you to Dalston 4 London, Hackney Co-Operative Developments (HCD) Limited, and The Barley Mow for the provision of rehearsal space, which helps make these productions possible!