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.