When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

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. Eighty years earlier, his grandfather, Henry Law, predicted that, in 2039, fish would fall from the sky heralding a greatflood that would overcome the human race. When The Rain Stops Falling takes place between the worlds of these two men – between a prediction in 1959 and its outcome eighty years later.

Through four generations of interconnected stories, from the claustrophobia of a 1950s London flat to the desolate South Australian coast and into the desert heart of Central Australia, Andrew Bovell creates a multi-layered tale of a family for whom voices of the past echo into the future, telling of betrayal, abandonment and love. When The Rain Stops Falling is epic yet intimate, spellbinding and utterly exhilarating theatre.

Kalgoorlie-born writer Andrew Bovell is best known for his award-winning film Lantana and for co-writing the original screenplay for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom.

“I am very proud that Black Swan is presenting the WA premiere of this beautiful and poignant story of guilt, hope and truth in Andrew’s home state. When The Rain Stops Falling performed to rave reviews and sell-out crowds in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York, and I am delighted that Perth will see a new production directed by Black Swan favourite, Adam Mitchell, making his mainstage debut” Kate Cherry


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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Vivienne Garrett, Julia Moody, Fiona Pepper, Igor Sas, Scott Sheridan, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken

Director: Adam Mitchell

Set & Costume Designer: Bryan Woltjen Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest Sound Designer: Ben Collins Audio Visual Designer: Mia Holton


"A profoundly moving and disturbing play...a beautifully directed, acted and designed piece of work." ArtsHub

"The cast do not put a foot wrong. The stellar performances are nuanced and tender." Perth Now

"Adam Mitchell’s inventive direction of this memorable drama is stunning." Theatre People

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