From page to stage: curtain up on Cloudstreet
THE classic Australian novel Cloudstreet by Tim Winton will open its pages onto the Old Mill Theatre stage this June.
Adapted by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo and directed by Brendan Ellis, it spans 20 years in the lives of the Pickles and the Lambs, two families thrown together by fortune in a large, haunted house in Cloud Street, Perth.
The deeply moving, funny and tragic tale of Aussie suburbia tells a universal truth about the meaning of home and urges of the human heart, as two utterly mismatched families crammed under one crumbling roof learn to live together.
Cloudstreet has been described as an allegory for the Australian experience, touching on subjects as diverse as the isolation of indigenous people and sexual revolution of the 1960s.
While the original novel won the Miles Franklin Award in 1992, the stage version has gone on to triumph in Zurich, Dublin, London, New York and Washington, picking up the 2002 Helpmann Award for Best Play.
“Every full-length show I’ve directed so far has been Australian and I wanted to continue that trend because I think it is so important to see Australian works on stage,” Ellis said.
“Cloudstreet’s dialogue is full of beautiful imagery, faithfully adapted by the playwrights, and there are so many great characters that I can guarantee audience members will be able to relate to at least one and say ‘I've been there’.
“A lot of content has been removed or is only alluded to in the play – the big milestone moments remain but the smaller details have taken a back seat.
“They will be portrayed by the actors through physicality and their emotion, rather than through dialogue.”
Gino Cataldo, Nkki Di Camillo, Chelsea Brickell, Liam Crevola, Rhiannon Cary, Brad Albert, Madelaine Jones, Cally Zanik, Nathan Hambly, Oliver Kaiser, Hayden Tognela, Cynthia Pickering, Phil Barnett, Kit Leake, Hayley Derwort, Taylor Russert, Leoni Leaver.