Learn­ing to act

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY | NOTICEBOARD - – Shirley Way

BUD­DING youth ac­tors aged 5 to 19 learnt the re­al­i­ties of film act­ing from Amie Gil­holme and Neigh­bours’ star Kym Valen­tine at the week­end.

The Sounds Within Scenes act­ing work­shops were funded through the Re­gional Arts Devel­op­ment Fund.

At­ten­dees learnt about hit­ting their mark, us­ing em­pa­thy and body lan­guage, and how to use per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate scenes in a be­liev­able way.

Amie Gil­holme, who ran Cre­ative Act­ing Stu­dios in Gayn­dah un­til 2013, said the kids were “amaz­ing”.

“All the kids, I’ve never seen them so en­gaged – they did not take their eyes off Kym and me the whole time,” Ms Gil­holme said.

“We had a few kids with autism as well (who were) the first ones up who wanted to par­tic­i­pate.”

The youth learnt how to read a film script and to bring it to life in a nat­u­ral way. And all the chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to work one-on-one with Kym Valen­tine.

“They were pretty ex­cited to get their hands on a real Neigh­bours script – to play char­ac­ters they knew and liked watch­ing on the show,” Ms Valen­tine said.

With more work­shops un­der dis­cus­sion, Ms Valen­tine and Ms Gil­holme made an ap­pear­ance at the Golden Or­ange Ho­tel on Fri­day night for res­i­dents to meet them.

“I en­joyed get­ting to chat with peo­ple on a nor­mal level – talk­ing to peo­ple about be­ing a mum and hav­ing kids,” Ms Valen­tine said.

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