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.
(Information provided by About-Dyslexia.co.uk)
WHAT IS 'STUPID ME?'
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.