The 43rd Gladstone City Eisteddfod, Bridie Stevens performing in Any Poem by Australian Author, 11 years category, coming in first place.
The 43rd Gladstone City Eisteddfod, Bridie Stevens performing in Any Poem by Australian Author, 11 years category, coming in first place. Brenda Strong

Love of character work clear when Bridie takes to the stage

BRIDIE Stevens' love of character work is clear when she takes to the stage.

The vivacious 12-year-old was awarded the Gladstone City Eisteddfod's Elizabeth Jones Perpetual Trophy, an encouragement award open to local performers aged 11 or 12.

The Observer talked to Bridie on Tuesday, after the Star of the Sea student won the Australian author poem category for her age group.

She was joined by a talented bunch of fellow performers who delivered a collection of much-loved Aussie literature with pronunciation perfection beyond their years, all impressing adjudicator Pat Buchanan - second place was awarded to Renee Hunt, third place went to Tara O'Rouke and Johnathon Nelson was highly commended for his rendition of Mulga Bill's Bicycle by Banjo Patterson.

Bridie spent two months rehearsing her poem Voices by Joan Mellings, with help from her mentor Mercedes Ash.

She also took third place for her prose and second place for her verse recital.

"I like my prose performance the best. I got to do a lot of different characters," she said.



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