Stella Duncan, winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Actors Championship (15 - 18 Years), spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about how she fell in love with acting from a young age and how she dreams of pursuing a stage and screen career.
Why did you start taking Speech and Drama/ Acting lessons?
Speech and Drama is something I wanted to do from a young age. I started in Year two when I was 7, it was a great creative outlet and something to do with my friends in a fun environment. One of my favourite things at that age was improvisation, because you can be really creative with your characters and make it your own.
I became more serious when I started getting into the senior levels of Trinity London Speech and Drama exams and taking individual lessons. I love to explore different character pieces and different plays, as well as performing
You chose to perform Catherine from 'Suddenly Last Summer', tell us about this piece.
I was fortunately able to see the play with STC last year and was so intrigued by the character of Catherine. She has such a deep psychology (like many of Tennessee William’s characters) and I loved finding the subtext and nuance in this monologue.
What was it like to win the Sydney Eisteddfod Actor’s Championship (15-18 Yrs)?
I was elated. I was so impressed by everyone performances on the night, and felt so honoured to be awarded as winner when up against such a high calibre of people.
What do you do to prepare for your performances?
I worked closely with my teacher, and critically analysed the plays and their context. The rehearsal period if very important to me because I find that I develop the character and become more connected to it, as the weeks move on.
What would you say to someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod? What advice do you have to offer?
Whether you win or lose it is such a fun experience. It is also great to be able to watch your peers perform, and do well. The actor’s championship is particularly good as it allows you to show a wide range of pieces as opposed to just one.
What do you dream to achieve?
Over all I would like a happy and full life. In terms of performing I would like to work in a mixture of stage and film acting. I would like to be able do a wide range of work in my life and to have a long and interesting career.
What are you most looking forward in the second half of 2016?
I can’t wait to enter year 12 and start working on my IP HSC assessment. I will be able to spend a whole year working in great detail on one piece and gathering information about the play and its character to get the most out of my performance.