This Apocalypse ends with the Rain

Posted by on Jun 17 2010, in andrew bovell, apocalypticpost, when the rain stops falling

Its 2039, and the barren wastes of Australia are flooded by watery Apocalypse. Fish are believed to be extinct; only rumours of their existence persist. So is it a miracle when a fish falls from sky in the middle of the outback, a day before a father will meet his son he abandoned at the age of seven?

“When the Rain Stops Falling”, a play by Andrew Bovell is a masterfully woven post apocalypic of both tragedy and hope. Like the book ‘The Road’, the post apocalyptic world take place in the background; it adds to the ambience of the play but does take centre stage. What does take centre stage are 3 generations of family where tragedy, abuse and ultimately redemption is found.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing this play performed – I must say that its quite powerful stuff. It reminded how powerful live theatre is: I can’t recall the last time a movie made the hair on skin raise, but it happened several times during the play.

Below is promotional clip of the play.

And a very special thanks to Kyrie O’Connor, who was kind enough to point out the inadequacy of my grammar. Thanks for the link!