Current and Recent Projects
DREAMS ARE JUST BETTER
Close your eyes and take a moment to imagine it. You live in an idyllic kingdom. Here you can do anything, be anything, create anything.
But how do you adjust when monotony and drudgery of the 9-5 seeps in? When this place, your home, is invaded?
Created, directed, written, performed and designed entirely by Mandurah’s youth performance company, “Cardboard Kingdom” is a playful piece that explores both the defiance and danger of living outside the boundaries of the ‘real’ world.
The work is presented by The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
Walk with Me:
As part of the 2018 Stretch festival, Riptide will create a playful guided audio tour of the Mandurah Marina where audiences can experience the landscape through the eyes of the next generation.
The 1’S and 0’s and Everything in Between:
Riptide have undertaken a collaboration with the Australian Theatre for Young People and Chris Isaacs to develop a new play that explores how young people attempt to find real connection within a constantly shifting digital landscape. The commission aims to develop a significant new Australian play that focuses on the struggles and triumphs of the first generation born into a world with multiple platform identities.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary or Shakespeare’s death, Mandurah’s Youth Performance Company bring a fresh and playful reinterpretation of the bard’s classic, King Lear. This tale of family, power and justice was told with youthful pizazz, wit and skateboards.
Devised and performed by the Riptide ensemble with direction from our artistic director Kathryn Osborne, this piece was presented in the Fishtrap at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in September 2016. The project focused on the skill development of our young and emerging ensemble of theatre makers as well as the final product. Funding from Country Arts WA and the Department of Culture and arts gave Riptide the opportunity to have high quality mentorship for Barking Gecko’s Artistic Director Matt Edgerton and WAAPA’s voice expert Luzita Fereday.
Some Kind of Disaster:
Mandurah’s youth theatre company RIPTIDE premiered its latest new performance work to Fringe World in 2017, playing for three nights at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre as part of their Hubbub program and two nights in Perth, as part of the Flaming Locomotive program (Winner Best New Program at Fringe World 2016).
On the tipping point at the end of the world, Some Kind of Disaster is a playful and poignant epic journey that cuts a path between the elemental truth of nature and the mysteries of human experience. From extreme weather disasters to hang outs and bowie, we paint a picture of the world facing the youth of today.
This adventurous new work was directed by the 2016 WA Young Arts Achiever of the Year Kathryn Osborne and created from the real experiences of Mandurah’s Riptide Ensemble with award-winning storyteller Allan Girod.
STRETCH FESTIVAL 2016:
Riptide is creating a site-specific performance for the Stretch Festival Opening event on the 6th May. Inspired by the opening’s outdoor setting and theme of Alchemy, Riptide will draw inspiration from Mandurah’s natural environment to create three physical theatre pieces for this event.
Director: Scarlett Yakovina
Choreographer: Ruby Liddlow
Performed by the Riptide Ensemble
THE RED TREE
In 2014 four Riptide members participated in the International Performance Company as part of The Tin Forest project that took place during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Tin Forest International Performance Company consisted of 5 pop-up theatre works based on sites in Glasgow and the Helen Ward illustrative story book ‘The Tin Forest’. The project explored and celebrated Glasgow’s history and its people.
Inspired by the process undertaken in Glasgow, The Red Tree was a devised outdoor physical theatre work based on the Shaun Tan illustrated book ‘The Red Tree’ which follows the day in a life of a young girl seeking hope. Our version of this heart-warming story was told through dance, physical theatre, comedy, live music and unique lighting as the sun set behind Mandurah’s famous Fig Tree.
“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command.” – Bob Dylan
Do we know as much as we think we do about growing into adulthood here? My.Selfie invites us to venture a little into the private worlds of our young locals with honesty and humour.
With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in 2014, Riptide developed My. Selfie with the mentorship from an outstanding team of artists including writer Suzie Miller and director Sarah Giles from Sydney and choreographer Helen Duncan from Melbourne.
In December 2015, with the support from the Lesley Couzens Fellowship, members of the company travelled to Melbourne to develop the production with help of these artists. On their return, Riptide showcased their more resolved production at the HubBub Festival 2015 in Mandurah, in association with Fringe World Perth. This was achieved with the directorship of Scarlett Yakovina.
JOURNEY TO OXYGEN
Journey to Oxygen is a film that was written, devised, produced and performed by Riptide Contemporary Youth Performance Company. It is based on the theme of the fragility of the prehistoric thrombolites at Lake Clifton in the South West of Australia.
The project involved two groups of young people – The Dancers and The Research & Film team. The Research team focused on filming, writing, sciences, creative planning, and technical support.
In making the film, local young people were given an opportunity to express their thoughts, concerns and emotions about their local environment through contemporary dance, poetry and original music composition and production.
They worked in conjunction with a fantastic creative team; Melbourne based choreographer Helen Duncan, local choreographer and ex- Riptide member Rebecca Boddy and emerging choreographer Scott Galbraith. Scott was also a member of the 2011 Riptide team before continuing his training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts through the Certificate Program.
Annamaria Weldon, a celebrated WA poet, gave the participants a poetry reading on site and talked with them about what the area meant to her. She has drawn much inspiration from the life, both past and present, around the Lake Clifton area in her work. This input from such a prominent local artist helped them to resolve their own motivations and results.
Music was written for the film by young and emerging local musician, Zal Kanga-Parabia, one half of the folk-blues duo, The Woods.
Journey to Oxygen was made with the much appreciated support of CANWA and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.