14 Acland St
Alice Springs. 2039. A fish falls from the sky. It’s been raining for days, the apocalypse looms ever closer and Gabriel York knows something is wrong.
When the Rain Stops Falling unfolds like a puzzle to be solved. Told through the interconnected stories of two families over four generations: between a prediction in London in 1959 and its outcome in Australia eighty years later.
Written by Andrew Bovell (Lantana, After Dinner, Anthem), When the Rain Stops Falling is an epic and powerful piece of magic realism which asks: do we have the capacity to address the damage of the past in the future?
An intricate, layered story exploring betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness, and love this multi award-winning play, starring Francis Greenslade, promises to be a definite highlight on the 2021 Victorian Arts Calendar.
Founded in 2018 by NIDA graduates Esther van Doornum and Briony Dunn, Iron Lung is a Melbourne-based independent theatre company producing classic and contemporary text-based work. They are committed to bringing creative people together to tell stories that affect us, inspire hearts and minds, and encourage debate. Their inaugural show night, Mother by Marsha Norman received both critical and audience acclaim.
Winner: Victorian Premier’s Literary Award
Winner: Louis Esson Prize for Drama (2008)
Winner: Queensland Premier’s Literary Award – Best Drama (2008)
Winner: Green Room Award – Best Production and Best New Writing for the Australian Stage (2009)
Winner: Sydney Theatre Award – Best New Australian Work (2009)
Winner: AWGIE Stage Award (2009)
★★★★★ “It will haunt you long after the rain has finally stopped falling and the house lights turned on…” – Sunday Telegraph
“A compelling, shocking, tender and wonderfully enlightened ride.” – ArtsHub
“…a stunning, gut-wrenching piece of theatre. Once seen it will never be forgotten…” – Adelaide Theatre Guide
“… the best play of 2010” – Time Magazine
Written and created by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Briony Dunn
Performed by Heather Bolton, Lucie Chaix, Esther van Doornum, Francis Greenslade, Darcy Kent, Margaret Mills and Alex Pinder
Lighting design by Clare Springett
Sound design by Darrin Verhagen
Set design by Greg Clarke
Costume design by Betty Auhl
Movement director: Cory Derrick
Production manager: Julia Landberg
Stage manager: Natasha Marich
Associate artists: Stephanie Ghajar and Kimberley Heberley
12 – 31 July, 2021
Opening Night: Wed 14 July 7pm
Wed to Sat: 7pm, Sun 5pm, Wed Matinees 1:30 or 11:30, Sat Matinees: 1pm
Tickets: $45 Full, $35 Concession, $30 Preview, $25 Student (plus booking fee)
Bookings: (03) 9534 3388 or online at www.theatreworks.org.au/program/when-the-rain-stops-falling
Venue: Theatre Works – 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Duration: 150 minutes no interval
Suitable for ages 15+
Warnings: Adult themes, sexual references, smoke machine, haze machine, loud noises, flash lightning effects