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Lift the Lid comprises the combined skills and experience of health psychologist and producer
Maya Twardzicki
, and professional comedian and writer John Ryan


Maya Twardzicki

Maya Twardzicki

StarHealth & Social Care Award Regional winnerStar
NHS Institute of Innovation & Improvement
Royal Society of Public Health commendationStar
Health Alliance Award-Department of HealthStar

Maya Twardzicki is a Chartered Health Psychologist with considerable experience in health promotion and public health, including: managing innovative and award winning projects, training and strategy development, research and health needs assessment.

Maya has particular expertise in managing arts and health projects in both the NHS and voluntary sector. As well as developing and producing Cracking Up!, she has developed and managed the following projects:

Challenging Stigma and Promoting Social Inclusion through the Performing Arts
A partnership project for colleges and mental health services/organisations in which clients of mental health services share their experiences with students who then develop them into performances using drama, music and dance. 

Evaluation showed that the project raised awareness and encouraged more positive attitudes towards mental health among students and audiences; and increased feelings of confidence and social inclusion among people with mental health problems. As a result of presenting the project at conferences and considerable interest from professionals to run similar projects, a toolkit has been published that provides a step-by-step guide to running this successful project in your area. To order the toolkit, please Contact Us.

The Pender Project 2005 by Box Clever Theatre
A short film made with dialysis patients and carers at Brighton Hospital, to help new patients cope with their diagnosis and treatment (nominated for a Health Service Journal Award). 

Keep it Cool 2004-5
A school based drama workshop that explores and develops young peoples’ coping strategies for stress, through the use of sketches, discussions and exercises. Due to the positive evaluation and effectiveness of this project, it has been extended to schools across Surrey.













John Ryan

John Ryan

StarEdinburgh Highlight award winnerStar
Leicester comedy festival award winnerStar
NHS Health & Social Care Award Regional winnerStar
Royal Society of Public Health commendationStar

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LBC Radio

Comedian and writer John Ryan’s award winning health and social related comedy, is underpinned by ten years working in a community care setting and a Masters degree in Social Policy.  A specialist in this field, John is the only comic to have performed at HM Gartree and HM Downview Prisons and he also regularly performs for the British armed services.

The irresistibly amiable John Ryan uses his acerbic wit and seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the world around him, to keep any audience on their toes. His East End Irish upbringing gives him the rare ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. No stranger to either the strange or the norm, he will put an amusing spin on any subject matter going. John has a reputation for thinking on his feet and confidently and cleverly adapting his show to any audience.

His high energy and warm personality makes John an ideal compere, stand-up and presenter at Comedy Clubs and corporate events.  He regularly performs at Jongleurs, The Comedy Club, The Comedy Club on Tour, The Comedy Store, The Glee Club, and internationally in sell out shows on cruise liners in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and in comedy venues in Ireland, Switzerland and Thailand.

Writing Credits
Although specialising in Social, Political and Topical material - John is the writer behind the Award winning 'Hurt Until It Laughs' men’s comedy health project - John is just at home talking about everyday life, as his extensive writing covers all genres. He has a weekly column in the Irish Post as well as contributing to other media outlets: from the Liberty Radio Breakfast Show, LBC Breakfast and Sunday Supplements, to Teletubbies as writer and insert director and BRUM scriptwriter.

The Weakest Link BBC
What’s the Story Anglia TV
The Real Eastenders Carlton
Bring it on CBBC TV
Watchdog BBC1
Weakest Link BBC1
Later with Jools Holland BBC2
Strictly Come Dancing BBC1
Stand Up Britain ITV
Weekend BBC2
National Lottery Jet Set BBC 1
RADIO CREDITS INCLUDE (amongst others)
Breakfast Show Presenter   Liberty Radio
Reviewer/Guest/Writer LBC London
Contributor/Guest/Writer Radio 5Live, Radio 4
Guest on Breakfast Shows

Essex /Manchester/Jersey


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