Drama school helps Sunderland boy find his voice

LOOK WHO'S tALKING: Gary Davis with his son Steven, who has started communicating after starting drama classes.
LOOK WHO'S tALKING: Gary Davis with his son Steven, who has started communicating after starting drama classes.
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A WEARSIDE youngster has stunned his family and friends by starting to communicate through drama school.

Steven Davis, five, struggled to speak to anyone and communicated by pointing or making sounds, but joining his sisters at their stage classes has turned his life around.

Dad Gary, 31, said his son, who attends speech therapy sessions, has always found communicating extremely difficult and will avoid speaking to anyone, hiding behind his dad.

So it came as a huge surprise when Gary and the other adults at Sunderland dance and drama group, Showstoppers, realised Steven was singing and joining in with the other youngsters.

Single dad Gary said daughters Bethany, 12, and seven-year-old Sarah both joined the group, which meets at Thorney Close Club, and he took Steven with him when the girls has their lessons.

He said: “All of a sudden we realised he was joining in, so he joined the group.

“It was amazing, all of a sudden he was singing the loudest.” When performing as part of a group and the attention is not directly on him, Steven has much more confidence.

Although, Steven’s communication problems will take a while to overcome, his family is thrilled with the progress he has made by joining the performance group, run by Amy Pink.

Gary, a HGV driver from Farringdon, said Steven’s teachers at his primary school, Farringdon Academy, have also seen a big difference in him.

He said: “Some days he will just not speak to anyone, but he has really come out of his shell since he started the drama group. Even his teachers say he is starting to blossom at school.”

Amy said she has also seen a huge change in Steven during the past few months he has been going to the group, saying: “He is totally different.”

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