Cloudstreet! Dates & Venue
Cloudstreet! World Premiere

(Adapted from the Tim Winton novel with libretto by George Palmer and Tim Winton)

CONDUCTOR Timothy Sexton
DIRECTOR Gale Edwards


Sung in English.
Running Time: Approximately three hours (including a 20-minute interval)

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Cloudstreet! First an iconic novel by Tim Winton, adapted into a brilliantly successful play, followed by a critically acclaimed television miniseries. Now it receives the operatic treatment it truly deserves in this world premiere season of Cloudstreet! George Palmer’s evocative harmonies and achingly beautiful melodies make this the theatre event of the year. After a four year development, this musical treatment of the story finally gets its chance to fly on the mainstage. Internationally renowned director Gale Edwards places her unmistakeable stamp on this landmark work. Set in the mid-20th century, Cloudstreet! tells the story of two Western Australian families – the Lambs and the Pickles, and the extraordinary events that ultimately bind them together – often hilarious, sometimes harrowing. It is the story of Fish Lamb and the fate that makes him the link between two worlds, and of his brother Quick, and Rose, the girl across the hall. It is a story of love in all its forms, but most of all, it’s about catharsis and redemption.

Cloudstreet! will leave you exhilarated. This quintessential Australian story will be the talking point of 2016.

If you loved Little Women, Different Fields and Sunday in the Park with George, you’ll love Cloudstreet!

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Join us in a special panel event to celebrate the premiere work Cloudstreet! and find out the process of creating an opera, who is involved and how to get it from ‘Page to Stage’. Guests include Cloudstreet! Director Gale Edwards, composer and librettist George Palmer and State Opera SA CEO & Artistic Director, Timothy Sexton.

Elder Hall


Explore the evolution of the artform, from traditional opera to the new premiere work of Cloudstreet!. What does this new work mean for the opera world and where is the artform headed? You will find out more about the making of Cloudstreet! and what to expect from this exciting premiere work.

Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre

For enquiries and booking information please call (08) 8226 4790