Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni & Judge Heath Keating.
Heath Keating is a well-known face in the Australian performing arts scene. Known as a dancer and all-round triple threat, Heath has come along way since his days performing in Sydney Eisteddfod making it through to the Top 11 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia and has since gone on to star in Hairspray the Musical, A Chorus Line, Handa Opera’s Carmen, Grease and is currently performing in The Bodyguard the Musical at Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Sydney Eisteddfod recently spoke to Heath about his experience bringing the iconic story of The Bodyguard to life for Australian audiences and how Sydney Eisteddfod has helped him go leaps and bounds in his professional career.
“I am so proud of this show” begins Heath, “not only bringing this classic story to stage but to give it new life with the amazing songs of Whitney Houston –it’s just a dream come true!”
The musical first opened in April 2017 and so far has been performing to packed audiences each night, showing no signs of slowing down.
“The general audience response has been truly overwhelming. I haven’t experienced such a happy and positive reaction towards a show in a long time. Everyone is loving it which makes this ride even more enjoyable!”
Not many have the honour of returning to judge a competition they once competed in, but for Heath this is just another thing he has successfully ticked this off his career wish list.
“Sydney Eisteddfod is a fantastic platform for any young performer. My whole life I had been the competitor, so to sit where so many of my peers and mentors have sat over the years was such an honour and a special moment for me”.
“I truly believe that if I hadn’t had that time on the stage, I wouldn’t be performing today. I have been lucky enough to sit on both sides of the desk at Sydney Eisteddfod and from that alone I have grown and learnt so much.”
When asked if he had any advice for young performers wanting to go down the same path, he revealed his biggest tip is “that no matter what anyone says, to be a successful dancer or performer is 100% possible and it all comes down to you!”
“Ability is only one part of making the dream become a reality. Thick skin and being strong mentally plays a big part in getting to where you want to go”.
He also highlighted that learning from your peers is extremely important, “you can learn so much by watching others perform on stage which is once again why I believe Sydney Eisteddfod is a wonderful thing for any young performer.”
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Heath the best of the luck and continued success with The Bodyguard and cannot wait to see what other achievements are in his future!