Small Stage Growing Opportunities

Matilda Duncan will return to perform at this weekend's Small Stage youth open mic night. IMAGE: Nicole Cross

An open mic night launched in 2017 as a chance for youth to gain experience performing for an audience  returns this weekend.

Small Stage, hosted by Townsville’s Neighbourhood Sessions in the Grill’d function area, invites high school students to sing, recite a monologue or dance for an audience in a safe and encouraging space.

The Cathedral School Year 12 student, Matilda Duncan, is a guest performer at this weekend’s Small Stage – which she said felt like coming full circle.

“Small Stage was actually the very first open mic night I ever performed at; I’m so grateful we’re given this platform to perform on without too much pressure and am really excited to keep coming back for it,” Matilda said.

“I was introduced to Small Stage by my friends, who are members of local band Late November, and from there I just kept meeting more of these amazing people, fell in love, and kept coming back for more.”

Matilda, set to graduate high school at the end of 2018, said events such as Loona Lounge and Small Stage were opening up surprising new doors for her and her fellow musicians.

“I’ve been really lucky to get to play more and more gigs recently – when Loona Lounge closed, I was left asking myself ‘where to from here?’ But with Small Stage, there’s this extra opportunity to perform, and the more you perform, the more people hear about you. It’s just about having a go.”

Check out the next Small Stage youth open mic night at Grill’d Townsville’s Burger Garden with guest performer Matilda Duncan this Sunday from 5:30pm. Click here for more information.

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