Casting Announcement // Cloudstreet

10 December 2018

The house at number one Cloud Street will be filled with the depth and breadth of Australian theatrical talent in May 2019 when Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company present the much-anticipated and once-in-a-generation adaptation of Tim Winton’s classic Australian novel, Cloudstreet.

We are thrilled to announce the cast for our upcoming Season 2019 production, Cloudstreet. The epic saga of Cloudstreet traverses 20 years of fighting to keep two families—the Lambs and the Pickles—together in one massive house.

Portraying the Lamb family is Alison Whyte (Last Man Standing, The Dressmaker) as OrielGreg Stone (The Government Inspector, Pompeii, L.A) as Lester, Guy Simon (Blaque Showgirls, Jasper Jones) as Quick and Benjamin Oakes (Theatre of Speed and Oddlands with Back To Back Theatre), will perform in his debut Malthouse Theatre performance in the role of Fish.

Joining the Lambs in the large house, the great continent where the two damaged clans collide, will be the Pickles family: Bert LaBonté (The Book of Mormon, I Am a Miracle) as Sam, Natasha Herbert (Away) as Dolly and Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, Black Mirror, Secret City) as Rose.

An ensemble of extraordinary performers will complete the story with Ebony McGuire (Yirra Yaakin’s Kep Kaatijin, Western Edge Youth Arts Caliban), Scott Sheridan (Black Swan State Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest), Arielle Gray (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Ian Michael (Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Let the Right One In) and in her first mainstage production, WAAPA graduate Mikayla Merks.

Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director and Co-CEO and Cloudstreet Director said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing to life Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet with a cast of actors bridging the East and West coasts of Australia. Malthouse Theatre favourites join performers debuting at Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company to conjure the extraordinary Lamb and Pickles families as they collide at number one Cloud Street.

‘It requires incredible actors to conjure Tim Winton’s characters and all of their loves, heartaches, and transformations, and I can’t wait to start rehearsals with such a talented ensemble.’

Clare Watson, Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company said: ‘Following the success of Picnic at Hanging Rock, we are delighted to be collaborating with Malthouse Theatre again as Matthew Lutton once more brings his vision and ingenuity to a great Australian classic. Cloudstreet is a story born of our city and is in the very DNA of Black Swan, we look forward to this extraordinary team of artists sharing the production in Perth in 2020.

With over five hours of onstage activity, 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.

Cloudstreet is showing from 6 May – 16 Jun 2019. Tickets to Cloudstreet on sale now – don't miss out!