The winners of prose reading, Year 11 and 12.
The winners of prose reading, Year 11 and 12. Mike Richards

Eisteddfod day is full of speech and drama

THE dedication and talent of local youth was apparent during Wednesday's performances at the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod.

It was the last day of speech and drama, at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

Adjudicator Margaret Gallagher was impressed with the performances from the Gladstone youth, saying they were on par with what she had seen across the country and internationally.

Youth performed in prepared mime solo, Bible, prose and choral speaking, improvisation and more.

"People are very keen and interested; there's a lot of support from parents and teachers and from the theatre, and a lot of volunteers that make it all work," she said.

"All these behind-the-scenes people help it all flow. Without them it wouldn't happen."

Ms Gallagher has adjudicated at the Gladstone event before, 14 years ago.

She said a standout performer was Taylah Davis, noting her improvisation and miming skills.

Taylah, 14, has competed at the Gladstone Eisteddfod for six years.

"I just enjoy being able to express myself and taking on another character," she said.

She received three first places and a highly commended in the lyric verse under-18s category.



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