Hudson Musty, winner of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Actor's Championship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
The talented and ambitious winner of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Actor's Championship Hudson Musty, tells us about his experiences on stage.
What was it like to win the Sydney Eisteddfod Actor’s Championship (12-15yrs)?
Quite honestly, I felt disbelief as the other competitors in the section were all of such a high standard -I’m glad I wasn’t in the adjudicators’ shoes.
It was truly amazing.
What inspired you to start acting?
When I was 11, I was given a part in Joseph & His Technicolour Dreamcoat directed by Neil Gooding at the Riverside Theatre. This started my love for the stage. During Year 6 at school I started to learn Speech & Drama and entering eisteddfods. Since then, I have been in several musicals, and last year I performed for five weeks at the New Theatre in Newtown in the role of Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. I have been lucky to work with so many amazing directors who continue to inspire me in my stage work.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
My first love is Shakespeare, so anything performed by Sport for Jove or Bell Shakespeare is an opportunity I can’t miss. I so admire all of the actors in these two theatre companies, that I can’t single out any one of them as they work together as a team in order to bring Shakespeare’s work to life on stage.
Tell us a little bit about the pieces you chose to perform at the Actor's Championship.
I performed three pieces for the Actor’s Championship – an Australian poem entitled ‘New Music’ by Gwen Harwood, a monologue from a contemporary Australian play ‘Falling Petals’ by Ben Ellis and a prose extract from ‘The Trial’ by Franz Kafka. I chose these pieces as they were all very contrasting, and would show my versatility as an actor.
What are you most looking forward to in 2015/2016?
I have just started rehearsals for Sport for Jove’s Second Age Project for the end of this year – and am so looking forward to working with these talented directors. And I have been accepted into Newtown High School of the Performing Arts where I start Year 11 at the beginning of 2016.
What did you do to prepare for your performance?
In about December last year, I sat down with my tutor and she helped me choose the different pieces, then I had them all learnt by the end of February, ready to start working with her on them. I entered the pieces in local eisteddfods first so that I could get the hang of performing them, before Sydney Eisteddfod.
I would tell someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod to find pieces that you really enjoy performing and can connect with. If you can connect with your pieces, you will find the audience will connect with you. Also, find pieces early on and learn them really well so that, when nerves take over, you don’t forget your lines.