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Credit: Brett Boardman

Smarter  than  Smoking  presents  Barking  Gecko  Theatre  Company  and  Sydney  Theatre  Company’s  sell   out  production  of  Colin  Thiele’s   Storm  Boy,   one  of  Australia’s  best-­‐loved  stories,  returning  to  WA  for  a   strictly  limited  season  at  the  Mandurah  Performing  Arts  Centre  2-­‐4  July  and  the  Heath  Ledger  Theatre   at  the  State  Theatre  Centre  of  W.A.  8-­‐11  July.

A  boy’s  last  childhood  summer  before  beginning  the  long  trek  to  adulthood  is  spent  with  his  reclusive   dad  Hideaway  Tom  in  the  wild  freedom  of  South  Australia’s  Coorong.   Storm  Boy  roams  the  savage   landscape,  navigating  the  waters  and  searching  for  debris  and  wildlife.  Along  the  way  he  picks  up   some  unlikely  friends  including  the  enigmatic  Fingerbone  Bill  and  a  family  of  orphaned  pelicans,   including  his  favourite,  Mr  Percival.

This  adaptation  by  Tom  Holloway  and  directed  by  Barking  Gecko’s  outgoing  and  groundbreaking   Artistic  Director  John  Sheedy  has  been  refreshed  for  2015,  featuring  a  stunning  cast  including  Julian   Garner  as  Hideaway  Tom;  Jimi  Bani  in  the  role  of  Fingerbone  Bill;  and  extraordinary  new  talent  Kai   Lewis  and  Otis  Pavolic  sharing  the  performance  of  Storm  Boy.

Whether  you  are  returning  to  the  story  as  an  adult,  or  introducing  it  to  a  new  generation,  we  look   forward  to  sharing  with  you  afresh  the  wonder,  sadness  and  hope  of  this  homegrown  classic.

This  production  is  proudly  presented  by  Healthway  promoting  the  Smarter  than  Smoking  message   and  supported  by  the  Minderoo  Foundation.