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The Cockatoos

A tale of suburban secrets broken open to the light.

A mob of wild cockatoos has descended on the neighbourhood. For some they bring life and renewal – but for others, death and destruction.

This ensemble piece, featuring a large cast of talented young performers, explores a 1970s Australian suburb far away and yet very close to home. Estranged lovers, Olive and Mick dance tentatively towards reconciliation. Eight-year-old Tim spends a night alone in the park. These two stories rise in a spiralling sarabande of exclusion and belonging.

From the short story by Nobel laureate Patrick White and adapted for the stage by Andrew Hale, The Cockatoos is a quintessentially Australian tale from a master of the metaphysical.


Presented by WA Youth Theatre Company and Act-Belong-Commit

Short Story by: Patrick White
Adapted and Directed by: Andrew Hale
Assistant Directors: Jono Battista, Elise Wilson

Performed by: Amelia Burke, Grace Chow, Sylvia Cornes, Rebecca Collin, Alexandra Gerrans, Liam Hickey, Georgia Ivers, Samai King, Christopher Moro, Brent Shields, Zachary Sheridan, Lauren Thomas

Lighting Design: Tony Gordon
Sound Design: Neil Webster
Costume Design: Laura Heffernan
Stage Manager: Emily Stokoe