Henry and Rupert Hughes

Henry and Rupert Hughes.

Hughes Brothers breaking barriers through Sydney Eisteddfod


Published: 03/03/2020 9:00am

Today is World Hearing Day, so we thought we would share this incredible story on Henry and Rupert Hughes, two very talented Speech and Drama enthusiasts who happened to be born deaf. 

Brothers Henry and Rupert Hughes are no strangers to the Sydney Eisteddfod stage, however unlike most aspiring performers, their journey into the world of Speech & Drama did not originate from an innate passion for acting.

Born profoundly deaf, both brothers have broken through stereotypes and pushed the barrier of sound after receiving cochlear implants as young boys.

Encouraged to take speech lessons as a way to gain confidence and improve dictation, it was not long before Rupert and Henry impressed their teacher with their newfound skills and were encouraged to enter Sydney Eisteddfod.

Seeing it as a way to test their abilities and gain further self-confidence, the Hughes brothers took part in their first Sydney Eisteddfod a couple years ago and haven’t looked back since.

“I was seven when I took part in my first Sydney Eisteddfod” said Henry.

“When I stood up to speak for the first time, I didn’t know if I could do it”.

After overcoming those initial nerves, Henry discovered how much fun competing and performing for an audience could be.

“I have gained my speech and I have gained my confidence through Sydney Eisteddfod and with that I can do anything!”, Henry tells us.

Both brothers have since gone on to win prizes in various events particularly in Prose and Verse speaking, with Rupert notably taking out First Place in the Prose Speaking (10/u) event in 2015. 

The Brothers credit Sydney Eisteddfod for helping them to believe in themselves and for fostering their love for the art of Speech.

“I would like to thank Sydney Eisteddfod for all their help and support in helping me gain confidence and improve my speech” said Rupert. 

Sydney Eisteddfod takes great pride in its ability to provide a nurturing platform for young performers just like Rupert and Henry, as they develop a love of the Arts. Furthermore, it hopes to continue to be able to provide support and opportunities for these individuals as they grow.

Performing in front of a live audience, can have such a positive impact on the lives of Australian youth and beyond, and we cannot wait to see more talent at this years Festival! If you are interested in building your confidence, or strengthening the confidence of your child, get your early entries in for Sydney Eisteddfod 2020 before they close this month!