Creating Heroines with Yamina Peerzada

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We cannot wait to welcome the phenomenal award winning Pakistan puppeteer Yamina Peerzada to Perth WOW taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of September at Perth Theatre. We caught up with Yamina ahead of her appearance.

Yamina Peerzada graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama(UK) with a Masters Degree in 'Acting for Screen'. Growing up amongst artists she was introduced and drawn to the performing arts from a very young age. She performed her first stage play at the 2nd World Performing Arts Festival 1994.

She has performed as a puppeteer with the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Italy, Scotland, France, Norway, Denmark and United Kingdom and was the first Pakistani actress to perform a One-Woman Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2008.

This is only the beginning of Yamina’s talents having also delved into the music world with two music videos to her credit namely 'Chal Merey Saath' by Rubberband, directed by Ahmed Ali Butt and Bilal Lashari (2008 ) and 'Moray Sayyan' by Kaavish, directed by Sohail Javed (2010).

She made her acting debut on television in 'Rangeel Pur' written and directed by Usmaan Peerzada, on PTV Home in Nov 2010.


You will be able to witness first hand Yamina’s incredible talent at Perth WOW where she will be collaborating with Scottish puppeteer and artist Emma Brierley. The pair will work together to explore issues of gender inequality in the different cultural contexts of both Scotland and Pakistan.

 As a puppeteer Yamina has voiced and manipulated the female protagonist "Rani", a six year old puppet character on 'Sim Sim Hamara', a collaboration between Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop and TV favourite Sesame street!

Hailing from Scotland Emma Brierley is a member of the Rural Academy Theatre in the United States and co-founder of Scottish based outdoor theatre and Production Company Swallow the Sea. Adventures in puppetry and Visual theatre have moved Emma around Scotland, Vermont, Nepal, Taiwan, North Carolina and Sri Lanka.  She has toured shows by foot, bicycle, horse & cart, a carvan and beat up old trucks. Her work is driven by a curiosity for the notion of home and is in response to the urbanisation of our culture.


At Women of the World festival we love nothing more than witnessing two inspiring women and experts in their field come together to produce something spectacular!


#WOWPERTH takes place this weekend Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of September. 

Creating Heroines: Puppetry Workshop takes place on Sunday 30th of September * 11.30am - 3pm * Level Two Walkway an is FREE to attend

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