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Stories From Suburban Road at Subiaco Arts Centre

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Childhood stories explore the magic possibilities of Perth
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Stories From Suburban Road features Quintus Olsthoorn, left, Zach Clifford, Grace Chapple, Lauren Thomas, Benjamin Costantin, Sasha Zucal, Tuuli Narkle, Michaela Sheehy, Carson Johnston in the tale My Beautiful Bantam Hen.

A nostalgic and vivid look at growing up in an Australian rural setting is the latest offering from The Actors' Hub this month. Directed by Amanda Crewes at the Subiaco Arts Centre, Stories From Suburban Road is based on Tom Hungerford's autobiography of the same name and adapted for stage by the late Perth-based director Alan Becher.

Hungerford's seven short stories, set between two world wars, have been rendered with intense energy and colour as they trace the journey of a young boy from adolescence to adulthood.

But, even more than that, it's is like watching the magic of our own childhood on stage," Amanda said. "Becher, through Hungerford's writing, manages to capture the absolute beauty of growing up in Australia for any age.

"I read the play a number of years ago and it really stayed with me for me, it really captures what it's like growing up in Western Australia. And what a cherished childhood we all have growing up here in this beautiful country. It's almost as if the weather and the land guide us as much as our own parents do.

"It's such a fun play that takes you to the most magical land but the beautiful thing is the land is real. You walk outside the theatre afterwards and you are greeted by an old friend, the possibilities of Perth, and you remember."

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A cribbage game gets out of hand in Stories From Suburban Road as actors Lauren Thomas, left, Sasha Zucal, Grace Chapple, Michaela Sheehy, Quintus Olsthoorn, Carson Johnston, Zach Clifford, Benjamin Costantin and Tuuli Narkle discover.

After graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 1998, Amanda went on to work professionally with Handzon, Kompany M, Melbourne's Playbox and Barking Gecko Theatres and the Perth Theatre Company, as well as several professional independent theatre groups in shows such as Italian American Reconciliation, Wolf Lullaby and Conundrum.

With more than 20 years' experience teaching and directing, she set up The Actors' Hub in 2012 to provide a serious focus for those wanting to learn more about the acting profession. "I am passionate about the performing arts and helping people achieve their dreams and potential within the industry," she said. "The Actors' Hub introduces aspiring performers to industry professionals and teaches vital skills, so they can dream, dare and do."

With Stories From Suburban Road, Crewes said the main challenge was getting the vastness of it all on stage. "Childhood for me was so physical and so sensorial nothing was impossible," she said. "The difficulty is getting all those endless possibilities into the show.

"We really want the audience to come and see their own childhood stories and what it was really like for them growing up, no matter what their age. That's the magic that lies both in the book and stage adaptation: we really want to bottle what it means to be Australian, with the possibilities that lay before us, growing up in Perth."

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Stories From Suburban Road features a tale about a racehorse goanna, explored by Michaela Sheehy, left, Grace Chapple, Sasha Zucal, Quintus Olsthoorn, Lauren Thomas, Zach Clifford, Tuuli Narkle, Carson Johnston and Benjamin Costantin, at front.

Benjamin Costantin plays several characters, including Tom, Charlie Tory and Ally Breen. "Breen is the typical scary old man you remember from your childhood that everyone in your street feared," he said. "You could easily rattle off thousands of stories of him doing the most terrifying things.

"The whole cast also have to play various animals throughout the play and getting the physicality to an extremely specific level, just like how the animal would move or react, is certainly a challenge but one that's fun to explore. What attracted me to Stories From Suburban Road was how relatable it was. Every story we tell, I find some way to relate to it. It makes me remember the fun stories that happened to me as a child the nostalgia within the play and things that make you say 'me too' are very heart-warming."

Stories From Suburban Road plays at 7.30pm October 29, 30 and 31. Tickets are $25.49, $20.39 concession book at www.ticketek.com.au or call 1300 792 012. The Subiaco Arts Centre is at 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco.

Stories From Suburban Road, theatre, plays, The Actors' Hub, Subiaco Arts Centre, Tom Hungerford, Alan Becher, performing arts, Perth, Western Australia
Stories From Suburban Road explores the magic possibilities of Perth.
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Why? It's storytelling at its best: immediate, simple and filled with love, highlighting what it's like to grow up in Perth.
When: 7.30pm, October 29, 30, 31
Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Cost: $25.49, $20.39 concession
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