On 5th November, Matthew Scurfield and the Maltese actress and TV presenter Clare Agius gave a dynamic and engaging performance of ‘I Could Be Anyone: Life With Dyslexia’ for staff and students at the School of Education, followed by a question and answer session with Professor Jane Martin and Professor Julie Allan.

Scene from the play I Could be Anyone

Matthew Scurfield and Clare Agius

Directed by Lena Scurfield, the drama focused on the effect on Matthew Scurfield’s education and aspirations as an undiagnosed dyslexic in post-war academic Cambridge, and the profound change to his life when he discovered a voice through his acting talent.

The play, based on Matthew’s  autobiographical book, captures the feelings of isolation and inadequacy experienced as a result of dyslexia, and also celebrates the eventual finding of a successful path. This led to an energetic debate with audience and panel at the end of the performance.  

A panel question and answer session at the I Could Be Anyone event

Matthew Scurfield, Professor Julie Allan, Professor Jane Martin, Clare Agius

 A short film entitled ‘We want to start a conversation’ by Dr Isabelle Gatt and Clare Agius was also shown.  The film grew from  a series of workshops with Maltese children exploring drama, dyslexia & self-esteem.

The actors from the play I Could Be Anyone

Sheena Vella, Maud Muscat and Anabel Mifsud all from the Department of Counselling, University of Malta; Matthew Scurfield; Clare Agius, Maltese actress and television presenter; Lena Scurfield, Director; Professor Jane Martin Head of Department, Education and Social Justice and Professor Julie Allan, Head of Department, Disability Inclusion and Special Needs both from the School of Education