By Andrew Bovell
Directed By Michael Attenborough
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 interweaves a series of connected stories, as seven people confront the mysteries of their past in order 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.
Australian 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. His play Speaking In Tongues was seen at Hampstead Theatre in 2000 and toured internationally.
Michael Attenborough is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, his acclaimed productions include The Mercy Seat, The Late Henry Moss,Enemies, There Came a Gypsy Riding, Big White Fog, Awake and Sing!, The Homecoming and In a Dark Dark House.
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 3pm from 23 May
Running time: 2 hours 5 mins, no interval.
Naomi was last seen at the Almeida in Out of the Fog by Roy Williams. Her other theatre credits include Burn, Chatroom and Citizenship for the National Theatre, Beautiful Thing for Sound Theatre and Martha Loves Michael at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh. Her television work includes roles in Mutual Friends and Ideal as well as guest appearances in New Tricks, Silent Witness and Extras. Her film credits are The Mark of Cain and January 2nd.
★★★★ “A superb play…tightly wrought drama…Michael Attenborough’s play is the finest he has done in his Almeida tenure. Glowing performances.”
★★★★ “A work of gripping mystery and emotional depth... discovers a rich vein of humanity and painful emotional truth with the help of some of the finest acting on the London stage. Its emotional intensity and poignant sense of transience mark it out as something very special”
The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “Andrew Bovell’s beautiful subtle play weaves a slow irresistible spell…a fine production. There are some excellent performances – Jonathan Cullen and Tom Mison in particular – but this really is an expert ensemble piece. An extraordinary play: sad, wise, moving and, finally, hopeful”
★★★★“Michael Attenborough’s production makes the pieces fit beautifully together, played by a strong ensemble cast”
★★★★★ “Grabs you by its imagination, its heartrending originality… it works on you like music… Michael Attenborough’s direction catches perfectly the nightmarish beauty of this extraordinary play, and the nine actors work with prosaic simplicity that only fuels the dark, burning poetry of the writing.”
The Sunday Times
“An intricate saga…beautifully directed by Michael Attenborough… Bovell writes with skill, warmth, and lively eccentricity… the cast is first rate.”
Andrew Bovell - Writer
Michael Attenborough - Director
Miriam Buether - Design
Colin Grenfell - Lighting Design
Lorna Heavey - Video & Projection
Stephen Warbeck - Music
Paul Arditti - Sound