With 1 in 10 people within the UK having some form of dyslexia, Melonade questions measuring intelligence and hard work by timed exams. An exhilarating and hilarious combination of clownesque theatre and live art. Melonade is a juicy and vivacious interactive game show exploring the experience of being neurodiverse.

At the age of 8, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia. I spent most of my education stressing over assignments and exams. I struggled to construct my thoughts into sentences, notice my spelling mistakes and finish the written exam in time with eligible writing. More than several times, I read the question wrong. 

Like most things, it had it’s weaknesses and it’s strengths. I struggled to produce my thoughts into written words in a timed exam, but excelled in creative writing when given the time. Being neurodiverse was something which made me different. Overtime, I learnt to appreciate my difference for its strengths. Melonade is a fun, fierce celebration that no brain is the same.

Exams are getting harder every year, coursework has been removed and students in education are being forced to produce A* like chickens laying eggs. But when life gives you melons, make melonade!

Melonade was presented as a work-in-progress at Camden People's Theatre, as part of their Sprint Festival 2019. The show was a success with a sold out audience. I am now working on developing the show from the feedback I have received and preparing for future performances.



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