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Before It Rains

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Written by Katherine Chandler
Directed by Róisín McBrinn, designed
by Alyson Cummins, lighting by Paul Keogan
A Sherman Cymru/Bristol Old Vic co-production

On a hard-bitten, back woods Cardiff estate...

Vodka-sloshing single mum Gloria sinks into a deckchair and drinks her troubles away.

Her gentle son, Michael, gamely ploughs the allotment, tends to the soil, and tries to make order of things.

From the other side of the tracks, Carl - wild, unpredictable and footloose - watches both with interest, bouncing his ball.

And then a cat gets nailed to a neighbour's door.

Funny, brave and beautifully told, Katherine Chandler's tale of parenthood, protection and provocation looks at how we all develop our own ways of coping with the world, our craving for companionship and the consequences of having either threatened.

Before It Rains is co-produced with Sherman Cymru in Cardiff and forms part of our work with other theatres and local writers throughout the South West and Wales. For more info about the rather wonderful shows and events at Sherman Cyrmru, see here.

A slice of raw life... draws the audience right into the heart of how we cope with intimidation from outside and within."

The Stage

A poignant production which skilfully expresses the animalistic and morbid qualities of a wretchedly hard life."

Bristol Culture

Sparse, tense and unnerving... but not without leaving space for stylised action and moments of threatening stillness."


Before It Rains
10-22 Sept

(not 15 or 16 Sep)
3pm (Sat)
Age guidance: 12+ (contains frequent use of strong lanugaue and scenes that some may find distressing)

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