15 – 19 June 2022 The Initiation by Cathy Petocz


There’s a place in the bush balanced between stone, sky, water.
Past starts sending ancient light.
You’ll find what you need for the initiation and you will come out changed.

A double-dare draws six seemingly normal teenagers into the twilight bush of Black Mountain. As night falls and time keeps shifting around, they realise they are lost. When a knife keeps turning up, despite their efforts to get rid of it, they fear they’ll never come out alive.

The Initiation is about the horrors of the early teen experience; that uncanny period between childhood and fully becoming an adult, and the scary things you feel you have to do to get through. Exploring teen horror movie tropes, real teen experiences, and the deeply spiritual site of Black Mountain, The Initiation asks us to find our way to the core of our fears in order to discover where the real threat lies.

The Initiation is a new play written and developed with young artists from Canberra Youth Theatre.

This performance is supported by Canberra Theatre Centre, as part of a commitment to nurturing the young and emerging artists of the ACT.


Amelia Juniper Potter
Zoe Harris
Sylvie Burke
Harry Ziarno
Tara Saxena
Latsamy Carruthers

Creative Team

Director Cathy Petocz
Set & Costume Designer Nyx Mathews
Lighting Designer Gillian Schwab
Sound Designer Patrick Haesler
Assistant Director Caitlin Baker
Stage Manager Rhiley Winnett
Collaborator Ethan Bell

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Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 2:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm


The Courtyard Studio
Canberra Theatre Centre
Civic Square, London Circuit


Full $30
Concession $24
School Group Bookings: $18 Student / Teacher + 1 free teacher for every 10 students
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Suitable for

Age 13+


90 minutes , no interval

Content warnings

Please be advised this play contains adult themes, depictions of physical violence and self harm, horror themes, loud noises, references to sexual assault, strong language, verbal abuse and all the vomit and blood of an 80s slasher film!