“You can be standing on solid ground then without even noticing, it turns to water beneath you. And if you don’t move, you’ll drown”

The story takes place between two worlds, between a prediction in 1959 and its outcome eighty years later, through the interconnected stories of two families over four generations.

Gabriel Law leaves London for the wild coast of South Australia, determined to retrace his father Henry’s footsteps in an attempt to unravel the mystery of his disappearance when he was only a boy. He meets a vulnerable young woman named Gabrielle, and together they journey into the vastness of the Australian desert, sharing their stories and falling in love. Through their interweaving narratives we are led back to the future, to a time of unceasing rain and a day when fish fall from the sky.

Acclaimed Australian writer Andrew Bovell has created an epic investigation of humanity and family, of shared experience and inherited legacies, which asks the question: do we have the capacity to address the damage of the past in the future?

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Green Room Award (2008), and the Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work in 2009.

Rachel Chant directed the second Sydney production to critical acclaim at the New Theatre in 2015.

“This is rich, deep theatre that seduces emotionally and leaves the audience panting for more … This production brings the full potency of this beautifully written play so that it is the perfect opportunity to go and see it … A powerful moment of theatre for all involved. Highly recommended. Lisa Thatcher

“A production that triumphs… If you love theatre, this is a gentle but heart-stopping, life enhancing must see. Do go.” Kevin Jackson – Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary

“Under the terrific direction of Rachel Chant the strength of the ensemble of seven is obvious, each of them individually tremendous… a gripping production. 4 stars.” Lynne Lancaster – ArtsHub

“[Chant] impresses with an extraordinarily deft hand at emotive expression. Our senses are captivated for the entire two-hour duration, by her sensitive and adventurous exploration of sound and sight, along with an inventive use of the cast’s physical and spiritual presence in the space, to create a quality of pathos that is intensely lyrical but never melodramatic. Suzy Wrong – SuzyGoesSee

“Kudos to Director Rachel Chant and the New Theatre for this is a production which positively sings… a cracking production.” Daniel Morgan Potts – Australian Stage

New Theatre
17 March – 18 April 2015

Directed by RACHEL CHANT


Produced by NEW THEATRE
Sound Design and Composition by NATE EDMONDSON
Lighting Design by BENJAMIN BROCKMAN
Stage Management by PATRICK HOWARD
Production Management by TARA RIDLEY
Assistant Directed by SAMANTHA HICKEY
Assistant Sound Design by ALISTAIR WALLACE

Production Photography by Bob Seary and Benjamin Brockman.

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