ACTOR AND singer Jason Donovan took time off from his role as the speech therapist who coached King George VI to meet a group of stammerers in Leeds.
Mr Donovan is appearing as the Australian doctor Lionel Logue in a stage version of the Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech, which recalls the monarch’s struggle to overcome his speech impediment after his unexpected accession to the throne.
Today’s meeting on the stage of the Grand Theatre was arranged with the Stammering Support Centre in the city’s Chapeltown area.
Katy Bailey, who was among those meeting Mr Donovan and co-star Raymond Coulthard, said “The film was huge for raising awareness and it decreased that difficult experience of meeting people who had never seen anyone stammer.”
Benjamin Bolton from the Stammering Support Centre said: “The King’s Speech not only highlights the everyday struggle experienced by those who stammer, but shows how beneficial speech and language therapies like ours can be.”
The play runs until Saturday.