Press release: Talented Castle Hill local wins Sydney Eisteddfod Actors Championship

23 August 2017

Hudson Musty from Castle Hill recently won the Sydney Eisteddfod Actors Championship for 15-18 years on Sunday 13 August at NIDA’s Studio.  

He was awarded $1,000 as well as 2 week long courses at NIDA where he will be able to study his choice of Screen Acting, Scene Work, Stage Combat, HSC Drama Performance Improvisation, Acting Techniques, TV Presenting or Voice intensives.

Hudson impressed judges Noel Cislowski AM and Simone Whetton with his mature performance and insightful acting in his memorised solo performances of Gwen Harwood's poem The Speed of Light, Peter Shaffer's Equus and Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2.

“This year’s Actors Champion performed impressively in all 3 areas but was especially outstanding in his Shakespearean drama, performing one of the soliloquies of Hamlet.” said Noel.

Noel, who is currently the Deputy Chairman of Sydney Eisteddfod and served as a Director and Deputy Chairman of the NIDA Board of Studies for many years, emphasises the importance of opportunities for aspiring actors.  

“It’s extremely important that these aspiring actors have the opportunity to perform a mini recital not only in one area of speech and drama but in all three; poetry, prose and drama.” he said.  

Hudson also won this year’s Shakespeare Monologue in Rehearsal Blacks (15-18 years) event, placed 2nd in Prose Speaking  (16-18 Years), 3rd in Monologue/Character (16-18 Years) and received a highly commended in Verse Speaking (16-18 years).

The overall standard of performance in the Sydney Eisteddfod Actor’s Championship (15-18 Years) was incredibly high with Alex Chorley (Ryde) finishing a close second and Anna Coles (Edgecliff) claiming third place.

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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.