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First Seen: Outsider by Peter Cook

14 April 2019

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Sunday 14 April, 4pm
Street 3

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Diversity Arts Australia’s Glazia Perez talks about Stories from the Future and the recent ACT workshop with culturally diverse creatives and arts workers at The Street. “The ACT doesn’t diverge far from the national perspectives, but each state brings their own focus and the ACT was especially focused on advocating for sustainable support systems for artists and united approach to creating change with other artists.”

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“so now you have the sounds, the visuals, the feeling...this feeling in the stomach, because you know everything is about to go away.”

Punter, poet, addict, actor, teacher, factotum, David felt like he never belonged anywhere. A jobbing, mostly unemployed actor who idolises Marlon Brando and Charles Bukowski constantly living in hope of his next gig. As David bounces around from audition to audition, work and unemployment he starts to see his dream and his life slip through his fingers.  Falling into a paralysing depression intense periods of substance abuse follow, and he starts living in his own private hell. Eventually forced to face his demons he is led to a road of recovery and hope. The work explores addiction, mental health issues, love, loss, art and grief. It’s also a tribute to theatre itself as it explores the way that a shared story in a space with other people is a chance for us to acknowledge our collective humanity to find hope and meaning in our lives.

An exploration of what it means to be a human being looking for purpose in life and the trials and tribulations we all encounter on our journey. 

Cast: Peter Cook

Director/Dramaturg: Shelly Higgs


Peter Cook

Peter graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Since graduating, Peter has performed at The Street Theatre in The Eisteddfod, Breathing Corpses, and The Chain Bridge as well as working on the development of Cold Light. Other theatre credits include: Cigarettes and Chocolate (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney);  Europe, The QLD Premiers Drama Awards, The Removalists (QLD Theatre Company); Thore House (Baze Productions, Sydney); Wet and Dry (NIDA Director Season); Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome (QLD Theatre Company / Bell Shakespeare); Tender (Metro Arts, Brisbane). He has appeared on TV and in feature films, winning a Warner Brothers QLD New Filmmakers best actor award.

Peter has also worked extensively in the field of Theatre in Education over the last ten years writing and devising work with young people and a documentary, Cunnamulla Dreaming, was made about a large scale project he wrote and directed with the community of Cunnamulla in South West QLD.



About First Seen

Ever wondered about the steps a writer takes to develop works for the theatre? Or how new plays and performance works are chosen for upcoming seasons?

The ever popular FIRST SEEN: new works-in-progress offers Canberra audiences the opportunity to be part of our creative process helping The Street  progress performance works to production-ready stage. First Seen offers a unique insight into development and is a vital part of our planning for future years as we seek to bring original and diverse Canberra stories to the stage.

Each writer has a dedicated workshop offering time, space, support, and expertise.  Canberra audiences (that's you) are given the opportunity to participate in the development process through the public showings where we open up the floor for a conversation with playwright, director, dramaturg and the actors. By sharing your thoughts with the creative teams you help assist us progress the works to production and get a sneak peek into Canberra’s ingenious artistic community.

FIRST SEEN is a major investment in new ACT work and is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT.

Read more about Peter Cook and First Seen in the Canberra Times here!

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