The much-anticipated and once-in-a-generation adaptation of Tim Winton’s classic Australian novel, Cloudstreet, will return to Melbourne this May.

Presented by Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company, the rarely-performed adaptation has not been seen on Australian stages in two decades.

Directed by Matthew Lutton, Cloudstreet will feature the depth and breadth of Australian theatrical talent in a saga on stage that traverses 20 years of fighting to keep two families—the Lambs and the Pickles— together in one massive house.

Portraying the Lamb family will be Alison Whyte (Last Man Standing, The Dressmaker) as Oriel, Greg 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), in his debut Malthouse Theatre performance in the role of Fish.

The Pickles family will be realised by 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 main stage production, WAAPA graduate Mikayla Merks.

The two families—the Lambs and the Pickles—are as contrasting as the Australia they inhabit. Teetotalers and tipplers, workhorses or wastrels, fate makers versus chance chasers. But really, they’re two sides of the same coin; one that was tossed during World War II and remained in motion for decades.

May 6 – June 16