Riptide: Our Youth Performing Arts Company


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 passionate young creatives.

We offer a range of performing arts development opportunities that lead to the creation of original, innovative and playful new performances.


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. Open Days 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 give you (and us) a chance to meet and find out more about each others interests. Our Open Days are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as the starting point of your Riptide journey.


Is this for me?

We run an annual series of Open Workshops 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 – Kathryn Osborne

Kathryn is a director and producer based in WA. She has directed and created a variety of new theatre works, live performance and opera over her career. As well as her role as the Artistic Director of RIPTIDE, she also makes and directs new work as a core artist with THE LAST GREAT HUNT and also works as a freelance director, producer and mentor with other artists and companies. Kathryn was recently awarded the WA Young Achievers Award (Arts) as recognition for her contribution and leadership in the performing arts sector in WA.

 Artistic Associate – Clea Purkis

Clea is currently studying both Theatre and Drama and English and Creative Writing at Murdoch University. Over the duration of her theatre career, Clea has assisted in devising and writing with Riptide (as well as performing in the works) and 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, Cardboard Kingdom. She believes that Riptide gives youth a sense of freedom, it is a place where creativity can run wild and be turned into something magical. Clea was also given the opportunity in 2012 to travel to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a huge achievement for her. Clea is currently helping devise more work for Riptide.

Riptide’s founder, Helen Duncan studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated in 2007 from the schools graduate dance company, Link; she holds a BA Arts honours (Dance).