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When the Rain Stops Falling

Written by
Andrew Bovell

Directed by
Mark Gaal

28 Oct – 03 Nov 2020
115 minutes, 1 act, no interval

About the show

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 had predicted that fish would fall from the sky heralding a great flood that would overcome the human race.  

Written by award-winning Australia playwright Andrew Bovell, the mastermind behind the stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, the action takes place between the worlds of these two men over the course of eight decades.  

Interweaving and overlaying human stories with environmental concerns as it traverses back and forth between London and the Australian desert, When The Rain Stops Falling asks the audience to put the pieces together. As we trace the history of a family, we learn that we cannot begin to understand the future unless we understand the past.

This dynamic new production is directed by opera and theatre director and NIDA alumni Mark Gaal. Parallel narratives trigger images of layering and repetition as we hurtle through the decades in a design team including award-winning set designer Isabel Hudson.


In order of appearance

Henry Law / Gabriel York 
Nathaniel Langworthy

Gabriel Law / Andrew Price 
Thomas Hughes

Elizabeth Law 1960
Ayla Beaufils

Elizabeth Law 1988 
Alex Stamell

Joe Ryan
Jason Jeffries

Gabrielle York 1988
Anna Clark

Gabrielle York 2013
Melissa Kahraman*

Creative Team

Mark Gaal**

Assistant Director 
Ruby Rees
Mark Bolotin

Set Designer 
Milla Gentil & Isabel Hudson**

Costume Designer 

Rita Naidu

Lighting Designer
Mali Tauro-Cesca

Video Designer 
Cameron Smith

Sound Designer
Krystelle Quartermain

MFA Voice Coach 

Raechyl French

Production Team

Stage Manager 
Sophia Wallace

Assistant Stage Manager
Alexis Worthing

Head Electrician

Sophie Jones

Video Systems 
Joel Mallett

Costume Supervisor 
Sarah Murdoch

Construction Manager

Nick Day**

Costume Assistant
Lily Mateljan

Props Maker
Connor McCool

Design Assistant 
Hailley Hunt

Technical Assistants 
McLane Catterall
Scott Cleggett
Zoe Davis
Jessie McGuigan
Pip Morey
Jess Pizzinga
Bella Thompson

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance