Penny Cleeg, 5, is the youngest Eisteddfod performer.
Penny Cleeg, 5, is the youngest Eisteddfod performer. Chrissy Harris

Pussycat Penny loves to perform

“PUSSYCAT, pussycat, where have you been.”

That is what five-year-old Penny Clegg will be reciting in the nursery rhyme section at this year’s Eisteddfod.

Penny is one of the youngest performers competing in the 2010 Gladstone Eisteddfod and she really loves to perform.

The St Lutheran’s College prep student has been practicing with family friend, Gladstone speech teacher Beth Jones. Penny loves cats and has a really vivid imagination.

It will be Penny’s first time performing in an Eisteddfod but she did perform at the launch in July and got a great response from the audience.

Penny has had no formal lessons but is learning violin from her dad Richard who is very musical.

“We are very proud of her, she has definitely got a performing gene,” Mum Margaret said.

“She loves to play ‘fashion cats’, dressing her little brother up and parading him around the house.”

“She is a very creative kid and we were all surprised at how good she was at the launch.

“The main thing is she enjoys it.”

Penny chose the nursery rhyme herself after discussing with Beth Jones how much she loves cats.

The 40th Gladstone Eisteddfod is running at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre from August 25 to September 1 for instrumental and vocal, September 3 to 5 for speech and drama and September 19 to 24 for dance.



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