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.