Working among giants
WAAPA student Phoebe Sullivan had a front-row seat last weekend for The Incredible and Phenomenal JourneyofTheGiantstotheStreetsofPerth.
Named as one of seven Young Ambassadors for the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), Sullivan took part in Royal de Luxe’s parade-style theatre event as the Benevole, someone who held the tape of the Giant without physically touching it.
The 19-year-old said she was humbled to be named an ambassador and given the opportunity to embark on her own individually tailored program by PIAF education officer Danielle Morache, who co-ordinated her schedule to include working on The Giants and seeing live shows Ubu and the Truth Commission and Madama Butterfly.
“I am really excited because there are so many workshops and shows that I get to attend and witness and I don’t think I would have been able to afford this opportunity had I just done it by myself,” she said.
Sullivan is in her second year at WAAPA studying performing arts and said her favourite aspect of PIAF was how the community embraced the arts.
“I like being involved with an event that lasts the whole month and that really works to involve the whole community in the arts; I think that’s really special,” she said. “I think people assume that theatre, dance or music are available for a specialist type of people who actually seek it out, but it’s really nice to have the community come together for one big event that can be a shared experienced for everyone.”
Sullivan credited PIAF artistic director Jonathan Holloway’s platform of engaging people with the arts as the reason for the Festival’s popularity.
“Starting with The Giants, I think is an amazing way to get people involved,” she said. “People can be like ‘hey look, road closures’, but look what’s happening in those road closures, its giants walking the streets.”
Sullivan said she hoped to grow her puppetry skills in the future.