First-hand men­tor­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

FOUR of WA's up-and-com­ing artists will have the chance to learn from the best in the busi­ness af­ter they were selected for a pres­ti­gious train­ing pro­gram.

The Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre's First­Hand emer­gent pup­petry artist train­ing pro­gram will give artists Zoe Hol­lyoak, Finn O'Brana­gain, Rhi­an­non Petersen and Rachael Wood­ward the chance to be men­tored by an artis­tic mem­ber of SPPT, par­tic­i­pate in a two-week in­ten­sive skills train­ing pro­gram and re­ceive a $3000 fund to de­velop a pup­petry pro­gram.

Ms Petersen, from Boor­a­goon, said she was look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing her pup­petry project, which would look to ex­plore the un­known that peo­ple as­so­ciate with dark­ness.

“I'm ex­cited to be a part of the First­Hand pro­gram as it pro­vides an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to be im­mersed in pup­petry and cre­ate a new work while be­ing men­tored and sup­ported by Spare Parts,” she said.

SPPT artis­tic di­rec­tor Phillip Mitchell said they had placed a strong fo­cus on de­vel­op­ment pro­grams and were thrilled to be work­ing with the four emer­gent pup­petry artists.

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