Y&P (formerly known as The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers) is a stylized two-hander inspired by the novel In The Hands of the Taliban. Set in Afghanistan, the play is loosely based on the remarkable accounts of Yvonne Ridley–a British journalist captured by the Taliban in 2001.

Y&P was part of DYSPLA 2013, and starred Louise Morell and Derek Horsham. Guest Directors: Pete CainChryssanthi Kouri, and Gary Thomas.


Meet The Cast

Louise Morell (‘Y’) trained at Drama Studio London and has been acting professionally for 15 years. Her early career was mostly on stage, touring in classical theatre productions and then new writing on the London Fringe. Parts played include: Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew), Lady Capulet (Romeo & Juliet), Gwendolyn Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest) national tours; Paulina (A Winter’s Tale), Catherine Petkoff (Arms & the Man) at Northumberland Castles; Ellen (Vinegar Tom) at Edinburgh Fringe); Dr Mary Guinan (Hi I’m Vince) at Jacksons Lane, Moped (Making Time) at Old Red Lion, Miss Squeezy (East End Chicago) at Stratford Circus, Alex (Awk_word) at Royal Court Studio, Theresa (The Heaviness of Water), and Nancy (Carnage) at Leicester Square Theatre.

Latterly, Louise has worked more on screen, appearing in the BBC’s Crimewatch and Channel 5 documentary The Big Stink. several national ad campaigns, feature films and many short films and corporate videos. She has also done voice-over work and is an experienced corporate role player.

Louise has also produced plays on the London Fringe and enjoys script development work. She is currently the Literary Manager for SundaySurgery, a monthly script development workshop for new writing. As such, she has been instrumental in helping several writers with dyslexia develop their scripts, some of which have gone into full production. Louise is delighted to be involved in DYSPLA.

Derek Horsham (‘P’) has worked as an actor in theatre, film, TV, and corporate creative industries for over 10 years. Derek’s most recent credit is that of the Meereen Slave Master on the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones (S4). Having worked with directors as varied as David Sullivan(ENO), Guy Ritchie, and Jag Mundhara, he is excited and privileged to be associated with this important event–DYSPLA 2013.

Meet The Guest Directors

Pete Cain is a dyslexic writer and director. He has have previously had some input in the WHITEBOX process and is excited about the prospect of being involved in its further development.

Chryssanthi Kouri is a theatre and film director and screenwriter with a penchant for visual storytelling and powerful human emotions. She has mainly directed new plays, working closely with the writers, in places such as Theatre 503 and previous DYSPLA Festivals. She also writes, directs and produces short films and music videos. Her recent short “Unrequited” was selected for the Short Film Corner at this years Cannes Film Festival. Chryssanthi also works as an assistant director and has recently collaborated with dreamthinkspeak on their immersive show “In The Beginning Was The End” at Somerset House. In the new year Chryssanthi will be directing the world wide premier of fantasy play “Dragon” and in the meantime she is working on a number of screenplays and plans to make the leap into feature filmmaking soon. For more on Chryssanthi’s work have a look at her website. Follow @ChrysKouri

Gary Thomas is a writer, director, and artist based in London, UK and is proud to be selected as a guest director of this years DYSPLA Festival. He has made 10 short films (including a music video and a half hour documentary) and is currently working on his one man show Hidden as well as writing his autobiography, which is funded by Arts Council England. Gary has several projects in development at various stages: Hidden–a new one person show; I Wonder How Far I Can Get?–a TV spec; which had a performed reading as part of Mole Valleys Arts Alive Festival with Gary producing/directing;  DEAD–a TV spec (Mark Lever & Gary Thomas);  2 Weddings–spec feature; Inheritance Job–a new script in development.

Gary most recently completed work on The Dog & The Palace, a short film installation funded by Arts Council England. The project won an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The film was produced by Karen Gilchrist and can be seen on his website.

Along with writing, Gary is currently completing his latest wedding comedy short films, The Wrong Date and Dan’s Monologue which are both in post production.

For 18 months Gary was mentored on the Sync South East Leadership Development Programme, and in 2011 his artistic work was given a major showcase at Upstream, which was part of The Brighton Festival.
Other projects Gary has worked on include Driving Inspirations, Sync South East & Upstream, which were funded by Accentuate.

Gary also blogs for Disability Arts OnlineTime to Change, and The Limping Chicken.