When it Rains

Written and Directed by Anthony Black

Projection Design by Nick Bottomley

Featuring: Pierre Simpson, Francine Deschepper, Anthony Black, and Samantha Wilson

A play in the form of a live-action existential graphic novel. When the improbable happens, two couples are beset with misfortune, communication fractures, relationships crumble, behaviour becomes absurd. People sing, get naked,give up, lose control, have sex with strangers. Some kind of God intervenes. Or observes. Or something. Or nothing.

When it Rains is by turns blackly funny social satire, heartbreaking drama, and visually arresting theatrical illusion -an award-winning and internationally acclaimed production from one of Canada’s most heralded touring companies.

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“extraordinary theater, wise and profound and human….the best kind of drama, that excites and enlarges”.

– Martin Denton, nytheatre.com. Click for the full review.

Creative Team

Sound design and dramaturgy by Christian Barry
Costume design by Leesa Hamilton

Production History

May 2016, Memphis in May Festival, Memphis, USA
October 2015, Literature Live Festival, Mumbai, India
June 2015, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, USA
August 2014, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
June 2014, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Halifax
March 2014, Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby, and Spark Festival, Victoria
April-May 2013, Eastern Canadian Tour
January 2013, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York
August 2012, SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto
April 15 – May 1, 2011, The Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax

When it Rains is available for touring.