Work­ing among gi­ants

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - Shan­nan Osrin

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.

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