Aspiring young actress wins accolades at first eisteddfod

Sophia Ross performs during the prepared mime solo for 9 and 10 years at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod.
Sophia Ross performs during the prepared mime solo for 9 and 10 years at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod. Luka Kauzlaric

ASPIRING to become an actress, Sophia Ross has made a step in the right direction, with her recent debut on the stage.

This was the first year the 10-year-old performed in the speech and drama section of the Gladstone City Eisteddfod, where she won the Dominique and Conrad Brown Perpetual Trophy (along with Bella Hurworth) for the highest marks for a duologue in costume in the 12 years and under category.

The Observer spoke to Sophia after she won the prepared mime solo for her age group and received a highly commended for her Australian author poem recital.

"I was a little bit scared to perform, but when I got on the stage, I was really happy and confident," she said.

The Kin Kora State School student was grateful to Elizabeth Jones for helping her prepare.

Sophia said she decided to try miming as she likes silence and wanted to explore acting without the audio cues.

Humbled by her win, Sophia said she enjoyed watching the other competitors in her categories.

"They were very good," she said.



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