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Dyslexia is probably the most commonly known learning difficulty, but it is often misunderstood.  There is a lot more to dyslexia than problems with reading and spelling.

Adults with dyslexia often display difficulties with phonology (the sounds of language), memory and information processing.  They have difficulty understanding how to spell words,  taking in meaning when reading, and expressing their thoughts in writing. They may also experience problems with organisational skills.  Adults with dyslexia often do well because they have developed good coping strategies. However, issues with confidence and self-esteem are prevalent due to prolonged difficulties experienced in formal education and career progression.

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“It’s not that you have something wrong with you. It’s more that your brain is just wired differently. Mrs Green says it’s Neuro – Diverse. I think it sounds pretty cool.”



Stupid Me? is a naturalistic telling of one person’s experience in finally being diagnosed with dyslexia at a very critical time at secondary school. For JJ, the play’s protagonist  – it is both a blessing and a curse. There’s a sense of closure in realising that he has this neurodiverse way of thinking and can categorically tell himself that he is not stupid but also that in spite of now knowing what the problem has always been, knows the mountain he will have to climb to pass his GCSEs.  This being something he has struggled with for many years. JJ, like so many people, just learn differently.


The project came about at the beginning of 2017 proposed by company director Matthew Jewson. He was diagnosed with dyslexia at the late age of 22 and has been extremely passionate about producing a play that allows students to see a theatrical presentation of what it feels like to have dyslexia and portray the learning difficulty in a positive light. And most importantly to reach those who need help.


Stupid Me? is a 45 minute play which follows JJ through Year 10 in a mainstream school. The play covers his home life, school life and inner monologue as the first of his exams loom. Following the play there will be a 10 minute Q & A with the cast, one of which is Matthew Jewson, who has dyslexia himself. We will provide the teachers with a bespoke resource, written by us in collaboration with Dr Maz Mohamedali B.Sc., Ph.D., C.Psychol., CSci, AFBPsS. (

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Become part of our research of the play and fill in our questionnaire for ‘Stupid Me?’ Telling this story is all about gathering a wealth of personal experiences of dyslexia within schools. Whether you’ve had a positive or negative experience, we’d love to hear from you. Our questionnaire is completely confidential and none of your experiences will be used as verbatim for the show.


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