Talent time for learning in city

STAR QUALITY: Industry icon Debra Byrne, with Griffith playwright Dona Parise, shared some of her performance know-how with locals this week.

STAR QUALITY: Industry icon Debra Byrne, with Griffith playwright Dona Parise, shared some of her performance know-how with locals this week.

ASPIRING actors were shown the ropes by an industry icon this week in Griffith.

In a rare opportunity, well-known Australian performer Debra Byrne was in the city to conduct a series of workshops, sharing her extensive expertise.

Playwright Dona Parise was responsible for bringing Byrne to Griffith and thanked those who supported her.

"We all had a wonderful time," she said.

"She was so generous and lovely. She had a lot to share with everyone.

"She told everyone it is important to follow your heart and believe in your dreams and to never give up.

"She said she loved being here and saw a lot of people with potential. She has her own school so she is used to seeing talent and was pleased to see so much here in Griffith."

Byrne is a pop singer, actress and entertainer and has starred in musicals including Cats, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables.

She has also worked on television shows such as The Secret Life of Us, City Homicide and Police Rescue.

The workshops catered for all ages, with locals from five to 60 learning from one of the country's best.

"I'd like to thank those who took part," Mrs Parise said.

"Their involvement made it all worthwhile.

"It's been a big week and I'm still buzzing. I've learnt so much and I think everyone who came along gained so much from having her here."

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