Review: Cloudstreet (State Opera of South Australia)
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
May 12, 2016
There is scarcely an Australian novel so intimately beloved and culturally revered as Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. Its characters and narrative have become part of our consciousness and national identity, capturing an essential understanding of the Australian psyche and the struggle of working class families across two tumultuous decades of social and economic change. Seldom has an Australian novel so masterfully chronicled the vicissitudes of suburban family life; juxtaposing the ordinary with the extraordinary, the prosaic with the poetic, and the magical with the real. Its unparalleled evocation of an epoch and unflinching portrayal of the zeitgeist of the ’40s, ’50s and early ’60s have enabled Cloudstreet to assume a life of its own beyond the printed page.