Booragoon creative’s starring role


Rhiannon Petersen, centre, was selected as the PIAF Young Creative for Theatre.
Rhiannon Petersen, centre, was selected as the PIAF Young Creative for Theatre.

Now in its fourth year, the Young Creatives program puts emerging artists face-to-face and behind the scenes with the art and performers of the highly acclaimed festival.

A Curtin University graduate, Miss Petersen is interested in all aspects of theatre, but has a particular focus on writing, directing and devising.

“I think what I like most about theatre is the creating of new work and the making and telling of stories,” she said.

“Since graduating, my plan has been to get involved in the Perth theatre scene as much as possible and take advantage of the opportunities that are around and the Young Creative program is a part of that.”

As part of the program, Miss Petersen will attend a rehearsal for real-world, interactive theatre show Blackmarket and a workshop for James Berlyn’s already sold-out I Know You’re There, another piece of theatre with a heavy focus on audience interaction.

“I’m excited about getting to meet different artists and learning about their perspectives on art and life and a bit about their processes and how they work,” she said.

In the lead-up to PIAF, Miss Petersen is keeping busy directing a project titled Secret Garden for Fringe World Festival.

A collaboration between herself and a group of university peers, Secret Garden takes place in three back yards across Perth and promises “barbecues, mosquitoes, magic, home, belonging and disruption.”

Secret Garden is a devised work that the company and I have come up with together,” Miss Petersen said.

“It’s loosely scripted – it has points we want to hit on and the performers improvise around them.”