MEDINA resident Sasha Zucal is taking a nostalgic look at growing up in an Australian rural setting later this month at the Subiaco Arts Centre.
Stories From Suburban Road is the latest offering from The Actors’ Hub and is based on Tom Hungerford’s autobiography of the same name, adapted for stage by the late Perth-based director Alan Becher.
Zucal plays several characters, including Lily, Peg, a housewife, nun, narrator and one of the other children.
“Lily is a bubbly, eager-to-please and chatty 12-year-old who wants to be well-liked and fit in,” Zucal said
“She enjoys being the centre of attention and loves to muck around and have fun with the other kids.
“The main challenge with the character is the way she puts herself out there, with no fear. She sees no boundaries and enjoys testing the limits.”
Performing from the age of 10, Zucal took acting and dance classes while growing up but only settled on a career in acting last year.
“Stories From Suburban Road appealed because it was a chance to re-live being a kid again,” she said.
“While reading the play, I could imagine exact moments of my life that connect to the play and being able to explore that was very exciting.”
Director Amanda Crewes described the play 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.”