Andrew Bovell’s award-winning, world-covering, generation-spanning, time-leaping drama, When The Rain Stops Falling, is to receive a revival at London’s Lion and Unicorn Theatre later this month, when Kindling Collective returns the play to the stage. Book you tickets now!
The debut production from the new company runs at the Kentish Town venue from 24 to 29 September 2019.
When The Rain Stops Falling is a multi-layered story that travels from the claustrophobia of a London flat in 1959 to the windswept coast of Southern Australia and into the heart of the Australian desert in 2039. Interweaving a series of connected stories, it follows seven people confronting the mysteries of their past in order to understand their future; revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on. As the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.
Bovell’s drama last received a major London outing a decade ago at the Almeida Theatre, when it was directed by Michael Attenborough and starred Lisa Dillon. The Australian playwright’s other recent London plays include Frantic Assembly’s staging of Things I Know To Be True (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Secret River, which recently finished a run at the National Theatre.
This new production of When The Rain Stops Falling is directed by Gemma May Maddock, who also provides the set and costume design. Born in a small town 300km east of Perth, Maddock moved to Britain to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating, a chance meeting with director and choreographer Drew McOnie led to a job as Voice Coach for Strictly Ballroom the Musical. She is currently working as the Voice Coach for the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda the Musical.
Maddock directs a cast which includes Paul Gerrard, Vivienne Smith, Aiden Crawford, Tony Giroux, Maxwell Sly and Melanie Gleeson, who co-founded Kindling Collective with her. Gleeson has a similar story to Maddock, having traveled half way round the world to study at RCSSD. She spent this summer playing Viola in Twelfth Night as part of the Free Open Air Theatre season at The Scoop.
Before When The Rain Stops Falling takes to the stage in Kentish Town, Kindling Collective are staging a special fundraiser for the production at The Space on 15 September. The free event, at which the audience is encouraged to Pay What You Feel, will feature a sneak peek at the production, but also unique performances from Rebecca Thornhill (Matilda The Musical), Jocasta Almgill (&Juliet), Kibong Tanji (Tina the Musical) Belinda Woolaston (Titanic), Ellie Clayton (Magic Mike Live) and more. Email now to secure your ticket.
Kindling Collective on the production and fundraising
The autumn season at the Lion and Unicorn is packed with exciting productions, ranging from the current premiere of At Last to drama about PTSD and parenthood, Delivery, and from religious satire God 2.0 to a revival of Anthony Neilson’s dark comedy Penetrator.
When the Rain Stops Falling runs at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, Kentish Town, London NW5 2ED from 24 to 29 September, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinee Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are priced £14. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Kindling Collective
Kindling Collective is an ensemble-driven theatre company. Ignited by a passion for highly physical, sensory-rich and visceral theatre, they aim to work a little differently in rehearsals, using methods that enable actors to create dynamic, free and inspired performances. In an era on instant gratification, they aim to produce high quality performances without compromising the creative process or well-being of artists.