By Andrew Bovell

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12 - 31 july 2021




397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading

Alice Springs. 2039. A fish falls from the sky - it still smells of the sea. It’s been raining for days 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 1959 and its outcome in Australia eighty years later. This intricate, multi-layered story explores betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love. Where damage to the planet serves as a metaphor for the damage inflicted from generation to generation.


Writer Andrew Bovell (Lantana, After Dinner, Anthem) has created an epic and powerful piece of magic realism, which asks the question: do we have the capacity to address the damage of the past in the future? First performed in 2008, the play has become increasingly relevant as the world faces the impacts of climate change and global warming.


Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Green Room Award, 2008, and the Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work in 2009.

This is an Iron Lung and Theatre Works co-production.

This production was produced with generous support from Creative Partnerships Australia, City of Port Phillip, Play King Foundation and Rise Festival.

Directed by Briony Dunn
Cast: Heather Bolton, Lucie Chaix, 
Esther van Doornum​, Francis Greenslade,
Darcy Kent, Margaret Mills and Alex Pinder
Lighting Design: Clare Springett 
Set Design: Greg Clarke
Costume Design: Betty Auhl
Sound Design: Darrin Verhagen
Movement Director: Cory Derrick
Stage Manager: Natasha Marich
Producers: Esther van Doornum, Hugh Owens,
Paul Pandelis, Liz Dunn, Linda Herd and Kathryn House.
Production Manager: Julia Landberg
Photo by Joshn Wayn Photography
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“When the Rain Stops Falling confirms Andrew Bovell as a writer of exceptional talent.”  Variety 

“A gloriously written and gripping script that is dramatically unpredictable and yet piercingly beautiful." ArtsHub ★★★★

“A work of great complexity, insight and sorrow." Australian Stage

“It is gripping, mysterious, intriguing, magical, moving and complete...” Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Reviews

“It will haunt you long after the rain has finally stopped falling and the house lights turned on...” Sunday Telegraph ★★★★