Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

ONE of Aus­tralia’s most iconic books will be trans­formed on the stage in a new Old Mill Theatre pro­duc­tion.

A bumper cast of lo­cal ac­tors, in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Notre Dame stu­dent Rhi­an­non Cary and Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent Cally Zanic, will bring Tim Win­ton’s Cloud­street char­ac­ters and is­sues of iso­la­tion and sex­u­al­ity to life this month.

Cary said she was en­joy­ing tack­ling the char­ac­ter of Hat Lamb.

“There is a risk of the scenes com­ing across as ro­botic or too re­hearsed, so I need to make them as mov­ing and re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“It will also be in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore the con­cept of be­ing part of such a big fam­ily, given my own fam­ily is very small, but the cast are so warm and wel­com­ing that it has been a joy work­ing along­side them so far.

“Cloud­street ap­pealed be­cause it’s a won­der­fully writ­ten play that ex­hibits the heart and soul of Perth and what it means to be an Aus­tralian.

“I was im­me­di­ately in­trigued by the way I could re­late to the emo­tions and lives of these peo­ple although the play is set decades be­fore I was even born – it’s tes­ta­ment to the way Win­ton cap­tured the essence of life in Aus­tralia.”

Cloud­street will be at the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth from June 16 to July 1.

Visit www.old­millthe­atre. for more in­for­ma­tion or for tick­ets, which start from $20.

Rhi­an­non Cary (front, right) with other Cloud­street cast mem­bers.

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