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Cloudstreet at Malthouse Theatre

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by Belinda Price (subscribe)
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Tim Winton is one of Australia's best-known authors, with some of his novels have been updated into plays and movies, and the award-winning Cloudstreet is one of them. This rarely-performed adaptation has not been seen on Australian stages in two decades. Cloudstreet is currently being staged at the Malthouse Theatre until 16 June 2019.

Cloudstreet was adapted for the stage by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo with direction by Matthew Lutton. It features the depth and breadth of Australian theatrical talent in a saga on stage that traverses 20 years of fighting to keep two families—the Lambs and the Pickles— together in one massive house. The two families are contrasting as the Australia they inhabit. Teetotalers and tipplers, workhorses or wastrels, fate makers versus chance chasers but really, they're two sides of the same coin; one that was tossed during World War II and remained in motion for decades.

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This staggering narrative goes beyond the spirits that speak from the walls of the house. It's more elusive than the serial killer who prowls their neighbourhood. It is transcendent, like the Lambs and the Pickles themselves, who live on amongst the extraordinary ghosts that haunt our country.

The Lamb family will be realised by Alison Whyte as Oriel, Greg Stone is Lester, Quick will be performed by Guy Simon and Benjamin Oakes stars as Fish will portray the members of Fish family. Portraying the Pickles family is Bert LaBonté as Sam, Natasha Herbert stars as Dolly and Rose will be performed by Brenna Harding. Performers in the ensemble include Ebony, Scott, Arielle, Ian Michael and Mikayla Merks.

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With more than five hours of activity onstage, audiences can experience the event as a one-night extravaganza with dinner included or a two-night saga where the story can be savoured over two evenings. You can book your tickets here.

If you're a fan of Tim Winton's or Australian stories, head to the Malthouse Theatre to see Cloudstreet which will be performed until 16 June, 2019.
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Why? See Tim Winton's Cloudstreet performed in Melbourne
When: 6 May - 16 June
Phone: 03 9685 5111
Where: The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank
Cost: Cloudstreet Experience: $99.00 to $149.00 or Cloudstreet Part 1 & 2: $35.00 to $72.00 plus booking fee.
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