Emilie Bauer performs some black magic in the 10 and 11 years character recital.
Emilie Bauer performs some black magic in the 10 and 11 years character recital. David Nielsen

Speech and drama centre stage at 87th eisteddfod

Ebony Pickwell performing in the 10 and 11 years Character Recital.
Ebony Pickwell performing in the 10 and 11 years Character Recital. David Nielsen

THERE is plenty of drama going on at the Glebe Road Ipswich Uniting Church.

Budding performers from across the region have been taking centre stage at the venue to compete in the Silkstone Eisteddfod's speech and drama program.

The event, now in its 87th year, kicked off with poetry readings by some of the region's youngest entertainers in the "character poem six years and under" section.

Adjudicator and former president of the Speech and Drama Teachers' Association of Queensland Vicki Fuller said it was an impressive opening to the competition.

"It's great to see kids performing and entertaining at such a young age in front of audiences," she said.

"I'm sure it will be a great start to what's ahead at this eisteddfod."

Assistant convenor Di Johnston said speech and drama helped children develop confidence, self-esteem and conversational ability.

"Some of these kids have never performed to an audience before," she said.

"So it's a big deal to have them get up there and remember a poem in front of everyone."

The speech and drama program of the eisteddfod will continue until tomorrow, with sections devoted to prose speaking, Australian poets, prepared mime, humorous verse poetry in pairs and more.

It will be followed by the vocal section which begins on Thursday.

For more information phone 3202 1431.



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