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Brian Conley Speaks Out

Brian has spoken to ‘The Stage’ about how his dyslexia spurred on his desire to perform
"The dyslexic brain is better wired to the artistic world of performance which is why so many gravitate to the industry. It can be a truly liberating environment for the dyslexic student because they can suddenly grapple with words and language in a new, fresh way"

Brian Conley, who has enjoyed a glittering career as a stage act employing an intriguing mixture of stand-up, visual comedy and magic has embodied various roles including Edna Turnblad in Hairspray The Musical and Buttons in Cinderella. Brian’s endorsement of performing arts has further promoted the industry as the ideal avenue for children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Whilst conventional classroom learning can often be frustrating and bewildering for children with dyslexia, Drama is a fully inclusive medium that enables creativity and imaginative involvement. A plethora of celebrities with dyslexia and other learning disorders have found solace and success within the performance world including famous stars such as Orlando Bloom, Jim Carey, Keanu Reeves and the highly distinguished Oliver Reed.

Lynn Beaumont, Drama practitioner and founder of DramaClasses.biz says, “When you look at any list of established actors, singers or performers of any kind, a large proportion of them have dyslexia or a similar learning disorder. Dyslexics are often highly creative, imaginative and intelligent. They simply don’t work well in conventional learning environments. The dyslexic brain is better wired to the artistic world of performance which is why so many gravitate to the industry. It can be a truly liberating environment for the dyslexic student because they can suddenly grapple with words and language in a new, fresh way. Many of our young performers are dyslexic and actually, within the acting world, dyslexia seems to be a strength, rather than a detrimental flaw”.

Young people who find themselves alienated by conventional classroom systems are urged to explore the thousands of training options available throughout the UK. As the UK’s largest drama school directory, DramaClasses.biz enables prospective students to search for an accredited Drama or performing arts school in their area. Designed to introduce children to a plethora of Drama, dance and singing classes and holiday workshops, DramaClasses.biz is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts as well as those seeking out a beneficial recreational activity. The site also contains advice, available scripts and resources and a forum where users can interact and discuss their experiences.

Lynn added, “There are literally thousands of opportunities for children to perform around the nation. There’s an endless range of classes, schools and workshops listed on the site designed to help children get what they want out of performance. Our message is that children with dyslexia may have had their confidence and capabilities knocked by the classroom, but Drama is a world that is always open and accessible to them. It’s a great place to develop confidence and your own unique style of learning and it remains a very rewarding experience for children”.

As the UK’s largest directory of drama schools and classes, Drama Classes enables browsers to explore thousands of schooling options specialising in acting courses, performing arts classes, musical theatre classes and holiday workshops throughout the UK. Founded in 2007, classes are available for both children and adults whether they desire a professional acting career or have a preference toward recreational classes.

 

Image Credit: I Am Birmingham