You Will Fail Her


“Enter a world of movie projection, giant balloons and the soundscape of your inner voice. Revisit your own childhood and there among the memories, re-live a trauma so unforgivable that even you will feel the guilt of a system that continues to fail its children.”

With the support of the Arts Council England, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Resident Artist Jon Adams, DYSPLA present an R&D project: YOU WILL FAIL HER.

YOU WILL FAIL HER Is a one-woman performative installation that weaves the audience into the tapestry of the protagonist’s life through immersive theatre, moving image and an interactive soundscape. The performance will address topical themes of State and Parental responsibilities, explore the emotional consequences of a failed education system and, in light of the recent cuts to education funding, prove that it is still the most vulnerable students in our society who experience discriminative education.

Schools are facing 8 -10% funding cuts and are struggling to balance their budgets. In Portsmouth alone 216 Teachers will lose their jobs as a direct result of the cuts to the education budget. Teaching Assistants and SEN programmes will be slashed, while grammar schools will have their funding boosted. Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, calls the continuation of grammar school funding “a vanity project” and says “they do not create school places for children who need them.”

After each performance Guest Speakers will lead a radical and forward-thinking debate, to explore ways to challenge the issues within Britain’s educational system and to promote how Dyslexic and neurodivergent students can still succeed within a defective system.

DYSPLA is currently inviting experts in dyslexia, mental health and educational reform to create a Panel of Guest Speakers capable of challenging the suitability of Britain’s education system. Two confirmed Guest Speakers so far, are Creative Network South and GroOops.

If you or your organisation would like to speak on Dyslexia, Mental Health or Educational Reform, please call or email Festival Producer Lennie Varvarides on +44(0)7917157748


You Will Fail Her Immersive Theatre, Panel Discussions and Debate about Dyslexia, Mental Health and Educational Reform.
Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 September 2017, 7PM – 10PM
Ticket price £10 (£6.50 concessions) CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
New Theatre Royal, Minghella Space, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD
023 9264 9000