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 Australian desert. The play weaves together a series of interconnected stories, as seven people confront their mysteries of the past in oder to understand their future, revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on, until finally, well into the future, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.
When The Rain Stops Falling received its world premiere at the Adelaide Festival of Arts earlier this year and now premieres in Europe in this production at the Almeida.
Australian playwright Andrew Bovell has written for stage, film and television. His plays include Speaking In Tongues, Shades Of Blue and Scenes From A Separation. He wrote the film Lantana and co-wrote the screenplay for popular Australian film Strictly Ballroom.
Director of When The Rain Stops Falling, Attenborough, is Artistic Director of the Almeida, where his productions have included The Mercy Seat, Five Gold Rings, Brighton Rock, The Late Henry Moss, Enemies, There Came A Gypsy Riding, Big White Fog, Awake And Sing! and The Homecoming.
For more about When The Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida theatre, read the First Night Feature.