The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s season of Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling is dedicated to the memory of actor Tony Barry. Tony was a patron and a great friend to our local theatre company. He also cherished Australian stories.
Bovell’s play weaves around the silence of a violent act. Tony appreciated the irony that When the Rain Stops Falling specifically opens on the day that honours the Great Australian Silence around the violence of 26 January. The opening night has sold out.
When the Rain Stops Falling is an epic family saga that spans 80 years; from 1959 London to the Coorong in South Australia, and to Alice Springs in 2039. The play is an award-winning modern Australian classic that has been performed around the globe. According to the director of the play, Gregory Aitken, there is something sacred about When the Rain Stops Falling; it is ‘A work of magic realism that is enhanced by superb performances, seance lighting and transcendent music.’
Original music by Andy Bambach is performed live by a three-piece band. ‘I am privileged to work with such a company of stunning actors, musicians and creatives. Tony would have loved our Rain. This one is for you mate,’ says Aitken.
There is a special preview on Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm for the Actors Benevolent Fund in honour of Tony Barry.
When the Rain Stops Falling plays 12 performances from 26 January to 12 February – Thursday to Sunday. Tickets are available at drillhalltheatre.org.au.