7 June 2022

The Initiation

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The Initiation

The Initiation on 15-19 June at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Written and directed by Cathy Petocz

There’s a place in the bush balanced between stone, sky, water. Past stars 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.

The details

What: The Initiation
When: From 15 to 19 June 2022, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $24.00 – $30.00 plus transaction fee. Tickets at Canberra Theatre Centre

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