Riptide is a youth performing arts company, based at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
Our focus is on growing the artistic skills and talents of our local community of young people to empower and inspire, leaving our finished product of passionate creatives. We do this by offering a range of performing arts development opportunities that lead to the creation of original, innovative and playful new performances and the raising of specific theatrical skillsets.
Riptide runs Open Days and Workshops throughout the year for local young people aged 15-25 who want to increase their performing arts skills. We also have a core ensemble of young artists aged who create and perform original shows throughout the year.
What’s this about?
Our Riptide Open Days are the best way to connect with others who share your passion! Our Open Days involve performance games and devising exercises, and give you (and us) a chance to meet and find out more about each other’s interests. Our Open Days are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as the starting point of your Riptide journey (however, this is not definitive).
Is this for me?
We run an annual series of Open Workshops/masterclasses that are accessible to anyone in the age bracket of 15 – 25 at any level of performance training. All you need to be is open to exploring different styles and aspects of performance.
Tell me more!
The aim of the ensemble program is to expose and prepare our local emerging performers and creatives to the professional realm of the performing arts.
The ensemble works throughout the year to create original new performance pieces in a range of styles and spaces. Each new show is lead by a professional performance artist, with mentorship opportunities offered in a variety of roles for the ensemble (including directing, writing and design). The ensemble artists are encouraged to pursue their passion and also open themselves up to a range of different performance processes, styles and creative roles.
Through the support of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, we have remarkable access to quality professional artists as part of our artistic programs. Nationally, we have worked with artists from Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Shaun Parker & Company and Barking Gecko Theatre Company to name a few. On an international level, members of the group have travelled to Glasgow to participate in a project with Scottish National Theatre that was presented as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.
See JOIN RIPTIDE for more information on how to get involved.
Artistic Director - Katt Osborne
KATT OSBORNE is a director, creative producer and theatre maker. She was a founding artistic member and inaugural general manager of The Last Great Hunt. Katt was a Resident Artist (Director) with Black Swan State Theatre Company (2018) and is currently the Artistic Director of Riptide Youth Performance Company (Riptide) based at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Directing credits include: DIRECTOR (THEATRE): Independent/Performing Lines WA: Unheimlich (in development). Riptide: The 1’s, The 0’s, And Everything In Between, Walk With Me, Some Kind of Disaster, Queen Leah. The Last Great Hunt: The Crossing, Elephents, Minnie & Mona Play Dead. The Duck House: One Night Echo, They Ran ‘Til They Stopped, A Disappearing Act, Acts of Undressing, The Bearskinner, Oscar, The Oresteia. DIRECTOR (OPERA): Operabox: Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss), The Old Maid & The Thief (Menotti). ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: The Malthouse Theatre: Cloudstreet. Black Swan State Theatre Company: Our Town, Xenides, The Lady Aoi. The Old Vic: Dr Seuss’s The Lorax. Perth Theatre Company: The Removalists. Thin Ice Productions: Antigone. AWARDS: 2016 WA Young Achiever of the Year for Arts; 2016 Golden Key Honorary Membership for Leadership; 2015 PAWA Best New Play Award for Elephents; 2013 Fringe World Martin Sims Best New WA Work for Minnie & Mona. TRAINING: 2007 Bachelor of Arts Contemporary Performance.
Artistic Director Trainee - Ruby Liddelow
Ruby Liddelow has been heavily involved in the arts her whole life, starting community theatre at age eight and spreading branches to community development and contemporary theatre since graduating school. Joining Riptide Contemporary Youth Performance Company at age 18 heavily shaped and raised her skills as a theatre practitioner, working with and learning from a host of nationally & internationally successful artists, as well as from her involvement in local youth & arts organisations Primadonna Productions and Youth on Health. She has wide range of passions that have led her to be a diverse artist with several extra fields of specialty including face & body painting, flower crown making, fire spinning, and ceili dancing. In 2019 she was appointed the Mandurah Young Community Citizen of the Year for continual dedication to the enrichment of both her life and the lives of other young people via countless hours of volunteering and working in the arts. Ruby believes the intensely supportive and nurturing team culture that has developed within Riptide is one of the most important things to carry into the future of the company, as it will be a key to fostering growth in Riptide’s young people, personally, artistically and cohesively.
Artistic Associate – Clea Purkis
Clea is currently studying Performance Making at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Over the duration of her theatre career she has performed in numerous productions in England, Scotland and now Australia.
Clea thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and production of Riptide’s most recent work, Blue Portal Road. She believes that Riptide gives youth a sense of freedom, which is essential as it empowers young people to create theatre and every member grows in their craft. Clea was also given the opportunity in 2012 to travel from her home in England to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a huge achievement for her. Riptide is a company Clea truly believes in and she wants to help carry the ensemble into the future.
Previous Team Members
Scarlett Farrell (nee Yakovina) [2013-2017] graduated a BA in performing arts and sociology & anthropology as well as a MA Ed during her time at Riptide. She directed & produced several projects for Riptide along with her own independently produced work The Red Tree, as well as travelling with the company to Scotland to perform in the Tin Forest for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Helen Duncan [2011-2014] founded the company in 2011. She is a graduate of WAAPA’s BA dance program who artistically directed Riptide before moving to Melbourne to run her own professional dance company Creative Behaviours, returning to MPAC to direct several of the first annual Mandurah Wearable Arts Showcase events before handing over the reins in 2018.