Alex Chorley on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod veteran Alex Chorley is proving once again that age plays no role in achieving your dreams and making a name for yourself in the entertainment industry. At only 16 years of age, he has found himself to be a sought-after talent; running from auditions to rehearsals and film shoots all whilst balancing school on a daily basis.
Most notably, Alex has been cast in his first feature film ‘Liebe’, and although he modestly explains it is a “small role”, this is an incredible achievement for him. The production is underway, with the film being directed by Sasha Hadden, and shot by Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine, who is best known for his work on the films 'Moulin Rouge' and 'The Dressmaker'.
According to Alex, “the film is about an elderly lady who rediscovers her passion for life and although I was only on set for a couple of days, it was an amazing experience”. He also explained “I learned a lot about the film making process, which was great as I am an avid film maker myself and have directed a number of my own short films in the last year or so”.
But this is not all Alex has been working on, in addition to filming he has also been rehearsing for his upcoming performance in ATYP’s production of ‘Intersection'. The play will run from 1- 18 February 2017 and features a collection of short plays and monologues by some of Australia's leading young writers. The various stories take place in the same town and come together to create a snapshot of what it is like to be a 17 year old growing up in Australia today.
Alex also finished 2016 with a bang, performing in the King Street Theatre Pantomime ‘Rapunzel’, which he describes as involving “lots of silly songs, terrible jokes and generally making a fool of myself on stage (which I love!)”. He also received an impressive A (Honours) for his AMEB Certificate of Performance exam.
Each year Alex brings his A game to the Sydney Eisteddfod stage, always impressing the judges with both his acting and vocal talents. In 2016, he competed in an incredible 11 Sydney Eisteddfod events, taking out the winning title in both the Classical Song (15 & 16 Years) event and the Verse Speaking (16 - 18 years) event. The previous year, he competed in a total of 15 events and won the Shakespeare in Rehearsal Blacks (14 - 16 years) event, the Monologue/Character (under 15 years) event, Verse Speaking (14 - 15 years) event, Song from Operetta (under 16 years) event and the Song from a Musical (under 15 years) event.
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Alex on all of these incredible experiences and achievements, he should be very proud of all he has achieved at such a young age.