Joondalup Weekender - - Residential -

WOOD­VALE’S Lau­ren Thomas is tak­ing a nos­tal­gic and vivid look at grow­ing up in an Aus­tralian ru­ral set­ting.

Di­rected by Amanda Crewes, Sto­ries From Sub­ur­ban Road is the lat­est of­fer­ing from The Ac­tors’ Hub.

It is based on Tom Hunger­ford’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and was adapted for stage by the late Perth­based 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.

Thomas plays sev­eral char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Tom, two chil­dren and a ban­tam hen.

“The ban­tam hen is no or­di­nary chicken and is re­gal and re­fined,” she said.

“She will give you a new re­spect for chick­ens every­where. Tom’s ad­ven­tur­ous spirit is the force on which the ac­tion of the play rides. His in­no­cent cu­rios­ity is in­fec­tious and to see through his eyes is a plea­sure for both ac­tors and au­di­ence mem­bers.”

Thomas said she was drawn to Sto­ries From Sub­ur­ban Road be­cause of its “play­ful­ness and child­like in­no­cence”.

“It’s re­fresh­ing to be a part of some­thing that finds ex­tra­or­di­nary within the or­di­nary. In cel­e­brat­ing the life of Tom Hunger­ford, my own mem­o­ries came flood­ing back and I, in turn, cel­e­brated the magic of my own life.”

STO­RIES From Sub­ur­ban Road ac­tors Quin­tus Ol­sthoorn, Zach Clif­ford, Grace Chap­ple, Lau­ren Thomas, Benjamin Costantin, Sasha Zu­cal, Tu­uli Narkle, Michaela Sheehy and Car­son John­ston.

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