Famous Australian actor to return to hometown of Pirie

HOMECOMING: Elaine Crombie, who will return to live in Port Pirie, is pictured on the Tiwi Islands with her sons Andrew and Michael.
HOMECOMING: Elaine Crombie, who will return to live in Port Pirie, is pictured on the Tiwi Islands with her sons Andrew and Michael.

Elaine Crombie calls it a "moment".

But the Aboriginal actor's homecoming to Port Pirie will be an emotional experience to rival some of her starring roles.

Elaine, one of the stars of the just-released Australian film Top End Wedding, grew up in Port Pirie and will be reunited here with her mother Lillian, also an actor, and her sons Andrew and Michael.

She will continue to work as a first-nation, first-peoples organiser with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance union while living in Port Pirie.

As well, she will still take film, television and stage roles.

"I have been performing for the past 20 years, including writing and producing my Adelaide Cabaret Festival one-woman show Janet Vagrant Love which has been a real test of skill and represents everything I have learned in that time," she said.

MOVIE: Elaine Crombie, second from left, portrays Dana the bridesmaid in the new Australian movie Top End Wedding.

MOVIE: Elaine Crombie, second from left, portrays Dana the bridesmaid in the new Australian movie Top End Wedding.

"Having time at home, being with the boys and back with my family and extended family, I am just going to have a moment, a little rest.

"I will still be working on television and film and development and writing. It never stops."

Paying homage to her early life, she said she would be back to spend time with her "Nan", Lorna Turner.

"Having time at home, being with the boys and back with my family and extended family, I am just going to have a moment, a little rest."

She will return to Port Pirie after her stint in Janet Vagrant Love on June 21 and 22 at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

The show features Elaine as Janet who has a "faceless" friend called Feirg on stage.

She tells of her first loves and the first time someone close to her dies.

"Feirg is always there to support here, annoy her, play cards with her and essentially he has to leave at some point," she said.

"It is about her struggle in dealing with grief."

Elaine is now in Brisbane completing a stage tour of Barbara and the Camp Dog in which she plays Rene who leaves Sydney with her wayward sister in search of their sick mother in the Northern Territory.

The play was written by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine.

"It is a roadshow drama. There is comedy at the beginning. It is a real-life situation," Elaine said.

"We just all happen to be indigenous. It is a show that talks about real issues in Australia and real family and the complexities of that."

In Top End Wedding, a romantic comedy set in the Northern Territory, Elaine plays the "fluffy and funny" bridesmaid Dana.

Judging from the out-takes, the cast had a lot of fun and Elaine agrees.

"The location was amazing, real deadly," she said.

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