Written & Directed by Anthony Black

Projection Design by Nick Bottomley

Is luck just probability taken personally? Are we the authors of our own happiness?

When it Rains is a play in the form of a live-action existential graphic novel, lit entirely by a video projector. This darkly funny original work tells the story of two couples. When improbably and unfortunate events occur, 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.


The Times, London

Extraordinary theater, wise and funny and human and profound, the best kind of drama

nytheater.com, New York

Not since Robert LePage (that's right) has there been, in my experience, a more effective use of projections in theatre.

Theatre isn’t dead. Blog. Toronto

Creative Team

  • Written & Directed by Anthony Black
  • Projection Design by Nick Bottomley
  • Sound design and dramaturgy by Christian Barry
  • Costume design by Leesa Hamilton
  • Production photos by Nick Bottomley and Mel Hattie

Production History

  • Apr 2011 World Premiere, Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax NS
  • Aug 2012 SummerWorks, Toronto ON
  • Jan 2013 LaMaMa, New York City NY, USA
  • May 2013 Grand Theatre, London ON
  • May 2013 Windsor NS, Chester NS, Fredericton NB, and Saint John NB
  • March 2014 Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby BC
  • March 2014 Spark Festival, Victoria BC
  • June 2014 Magnetic North, Halifax NS
  • Aug 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh UK
  • June 2015 Spoleto Festival, Charleston SC, USA
  • Oct 2015 Literature Live!, Mumbai IN
  • May 2016 Memphis in May, Memphis TN, USA

We are actively touring this show across the world. Interested in bringing it to your community?