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When The Rain Stops Falling

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Published on Aug 1, 2011

When the Rain Stops Falling
Written by: Andrew Bovell
Directed by: Susan Wilson
Circa Theatre
29 July − 27 August
www.circa.co.nz

Multi-layered brilliance.

The surprise hit of the Adelaide Festival, this sweeping Australian drama by Andrew Bovell, best known for the film Lantana, has won a swathe of awards.

It begins with a miracle in Alice Springs in the year 2039. A fish falls from the sky and lands at the feet of Gabriel York. It still smells of the sea. It's been raining for days and Gabriel knows something is wrong.

An epic play spanning four generations and two continents, When the Rain Stops Falling moves from the claustrophobia of a 1950s London flat to the windswept coast of Southern Australia and into the heart of the desert. As it interweaves the series of connected stories, seven people confront the mysteries of their past revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on, until finally, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.

"Compelling and fascinating - it unrolls stories to touch all hearts. Don't miss it." - Messenger Press

"A play of astonishing ambition and emotional power" - Time Out

"Words are insufficient, you must see this show to understand how exceptional it is" - Adelaide Theatre Guide

"When the Rain Stops Falling will remain etched in my brain forever" - Arts Hub

When The Rain Stops Falling was originally commissioned and first produced by Brink Productions in Australia, in February 2008.

Running time: 2 hours, 5 mins (no interval)

Starring Donna Akersten, Jude Gibson, Sophie Hambleton, Jason Whyte, Christopher Brougham, Alison Walls and Richard Chapman

Video by Christopher Brougham

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