DARLINGTON resident Zach Clifford is taking a nostalgic and vivid look at growing up in an Australian rural setting this month.
Directed by Amanda Crewes at the Subiaco Arts Centre, Stories from Suburban Road is the latest offering from The Actors’ Hub and based on Tom Hungerford’s autobiography of the same name, 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.
Clifford plays several characters, including Tom Hungerford, Erine and Professor Murdoch.
“Tom starts off young, innocent and carefree, then, as the years go past with each story, you see him experience many of the wonders and hardships that life has to offer,” he said.
“Fleshing out each character to give them something different and unique is the biggest and one of the most exciting challenges.”
Acting for the past 18 months, Clifford has taken various short courses with the WA Academy of Performing Arts and National Institute of Dramatic Art, as well as The Actors’ Hub Gap I course.
“Stories From Suburban Road appealed because the stories are just so damn fun but they also have real heart,” he said.
“The stories have a fantastic way of making you reflect on your own experiences and really give you a ‘me too’ moment.”
Director Amanda Crewes described Stories From Suburban Road as like watching the magic of our own childhood on stage.
“Becher, through Hungerford’s writing, manages to capture the absolute beauty of growing up in Australia for any age,” she said.
“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.”
Stories From Suburban Road plays at 7.30pm October 29, 30 and 31. Book at www.ticketek.com.au or call 1300 792 012.