Clovelly Fox Productions presents
When The Rain Stops Falling
written by Andrew Bovell
2 – 11 April
The year is 2039 and a fish falls from the sky in Alice Springs. On the same day, a man receives a call from his estranged son which begins an exploration into family, betrayal and forgiveness. Spanning four generations and two hemispheres over an 80-year period, Bovell’s play returns to Melbourne 12 years after its debut.
Written by Andrew Bovell (Speaking in Tongues, After Dinner, Things I Know To Be True) and directed by Tyran Parke (Barnum, Follies, Ordinary Days) with a brilliant ensemble of Australian talent including Grant Piro, Kirby Burgess, Carolyn Bock, Danielle Carter, Lucas Linehan, and Andrea Solonge.
Space 28, Victorian College of the Arts
Duration: 2 hours (no interval)
Warnings: mature themes and sexual references
Age Recommendation: 15+
Accessibility: wheelchair access
Presented with kind support from the Victoria College of the Arts.
Carolyn BockRead More
A graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, Carolyn’s diverse career over the past 25 years has encompassed dance, theatre, television and film. In theatre, she has worked for MTC, Playbox, Theatre at Risk, La Mama, and on myriad independent and commercial productions. Career highlights include the title roles of Medea, and most recently Hecuba from Euripides’ Women of Troy for Complete Works Theatre.
Television credits include guest and featured roles in Wentworth, Offspring, A Beautiful Lie, INXS The Untold Story, Dr Blake Mysteries, Winners and Losers, Neighbours, City Homicide and series regular on the children’s series Horace and Tina. Film credits include Vanished, Murder in Greenwich (USA), SNAK, Zone 39, and many short films.
Carolyn Co- Founded The Shift Theatre with Helen Hopkins has co wrote The Girls In Grey and Hallowed Ground Women Doctor’s In War -both plays enjoying regional, national and international touring; Hallowed Ground receiving a Summerhall Award for greatest Fringe Moments at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.
In addition to her work as a performer, Carolyn is the Associate Director of Rollercoaster Theatre for Actors with disability. Carolyn she has taught for independent and leading dance institutions and has created, produced and directed many dance-theatre works for young children. She also works with primary and secondary students in rural areas devising performing arts experiences, and as a drama coach and mentor.
Lyall BrooksRead More
Lyall Brooks is an award-winning actor and theatre director, as well as Artistic Director of new Australian writing theatre company, Lab Kelpie.
His professional theatre credits include North by Northwest (Kay + McLean / Arts Centre Melbourne), Savages (fortyfivedownstairs), Penelope and The Pride (Red Stitch), The Heretic (Melbourne Theatre Company), Sunday In the Park with George (Victorian Opera), and Broken, the national tour of Spencer and the award-winning solo show A Prudent Man for Lab Kelpie. He has received four Green Room nominations across mainstage, independent and music theatre.
Upcoming screen appearances include The Very Excellent Mr Dundee and The Drop Off, after previous guest roles on The Leftovers, A Picnic at Hanging Rock, Neighbours, Winners and Losers, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. As an in-demand character voice over artist he has starred in international animations SheZow, Kuu-Kuu Harajuku, Flea-Bitten! and the Emmy-nominated Get Ace.
Through Lab Kelpie Lyall has directed the award-winning Become The One by Adam Fawcett, Refined by Katy Warner and Alone Outside by Liz Newell. He has assisted on Patricia Cornelius’s Big Heart (as 2017 Theatre Works Associate Artist), Petra Kalive’s Oil Babies and Douglas Rintoul’s Elegy, and will assistant direct The Heartbreak Choir under Peter Houghton at Melbourne Theatre Company this year.
Kirby BurgessRead More
Kirby Burgess is the true definition of a triple threat. Spanning stage and screen, Kirby has made her mark as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and stylist. Some of her career highlights include Jenny in Network 10’s Wonderland, Heather Chandler in Heathers the Musical, herself in Jerry’s Girls, Sweet Charity, Jenny Hill in Big Fish the Musical, Rizzo in Grease the Musical, Anna in Here come the Habibs, featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Hairspray The Musical, An Officer and A Gentleman, Stylist and Art Direction for Mess Maker’s Life Lessons and the list goes on. Kirby is a proud graduate of the Talent Development Project and a finalist of the Rob Guest Endowment winning the ‘Production Company Award’. Most notably, Kirby played the role of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the 10yr anniversary Australian tour of Dirty Dancing the Classic Story on Stage, and most recently Kirby wowed as the Ringmaster in Barnum and as leading lady Campbell in ‘Bring It On the Musical’.
Danielle CarterRead More
Danielle is a graduate of NIDA and has appeared in the Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of The Norman Conquests, E baby, My Zinc Bed, Richard the Third, The Gingerbread Lady, My Wonderful Day, Absurd Person Singular, Face to Face and the Quartet from Rigoletto. For Sydney Theatre Company Away and Hypothalamania. For La Mama: Status Update and for the Malthouse Theatre – Still . She has also appeared in The Cove – 8 short plays by Daniel Keene , A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shadow Passion, Europe, has toured in regional and national productions of The Property of the Clan and Dags and was last seen in Red Stitchs production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s FURY.
Television credits include: a regular cast member in MAL.COM, Something in the Air, Medivac and Richmond Hill and re occuring guest roles in House Husbands, Underbelly, Elephant Princess, OffSpring, Home and Away and Neighbours. Other featured roles include, Mr and Mrs Murder, Magazine Wars, City Homicide, Satisfaction, All Saints, Stingers, The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers , Halifax fp, Heartland, as well as the U.S. series The Lost World, Beastmaster, Flipper, Tales of the South Seas and Salem’s Lot.
Her film credits include Rip Tide, Nothing Better, The Legend Maker, Reason to Smile, Last Dance, Knowing, Eustice Solves A Problem, The Blue Lady, The Fortune Teller, A Few Things I Know About Her, Kid in a Bin and Sweet as a Peach.
Since graduating from NIDA, she has trained with the Moscow Arts Theatre School, The Michael Chekhov School in the USA as well as the Michael Chekhov Association.
She is the author of the book Racing Against Time published by Currency Press and has been a proud member of equity since June 21st, 1988.
Jarrod DraperRead More
A proud Wiradjuri man, Jarrod is the first Indigenous graduate from the prestigious Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Born and raised in Orange, country NSW, Jarrod earned a full scholarship to the Regional Conservatorium to study Music Theatre and Classical Voice, which saw him perform both nationally and internationally for several years. During his time at WAAPA, Jarrod played roles such as ‘Sam’ in Lord of the Flies, ‘Black Fox’ in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, ‘Louise’s Soldier (pas de deux dancer)’ in Carousel and most notably, ‘George’ in Sunday In The Park With George, for which he was voted Male Performer of the Year by Perth Theatre Reviews.
Jarrod could most recently be seen on stage in The Hayes Theatre Company’s sold out production of Catch Me If You Can.
Paul DawberRead More
Is a veteran of stage & screen and has appeared in over a dozen feature films including Erskineville Kings, Paper Planes, Underground: The Julian Assange Story and the title role in The Novelist (2017). His television credits are numerous with over a dozen TV movies and more than 200 TV episodes from Sons & Daughters (Todd Buckley 1987) to Neighbours (Harry Sinclair 2017-20). His theatre credits include Count Dracula (Jonathan Harker) [Queensland Theatre], Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), Hamlet (Laertes), Merry Wives Of Windsor (Slender), Twelfth Night (Antonio)[Los Angeles Shakespeare Co], Two (All the male roles) [Malthouse], The Merchant of Venice (Antonio, The Merchant) [Ensemble Theatre], The Sound Of Music (Herr Zeller/Von Trapp cover)[GFO] and the 2019 International Tour of West Side Story (Lt. Schrank) with Opera Australia.
Lucas LinehanRead More
Lucas is a Melbourne based actor, graduating with a BFA (Acting) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2017. Lucas got his start in acting with a lead role in Lee Galea’s 2013 Independent feature film Monster Pies, which won Best Film at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
Since then Lucas has performed in Melbourne, Sydney and internationally, most recently on stage in ‘The Shifting Heart’ directed by Kim Hardwick, the short film ‘I Like You’ directed by Gabrielle Pearson and the Korean feature film ‘Boston 1947′ directed by Je-Kyu Kang.
Lucas enjoys how acting creates so many opportunities to meet new people, to learn from each other and gain a better understanding of the world.
Grant PiroRead More
Grant Piro’s vast experience over the past 37 years has allowed him to work in every facet of the industry, appearing in more than 100 productions, as well as being one of Australia’s busiest voice-over actors. His work has been recognised with several Green Room Award nominations and two wins (The Producers and The Merry Widow) along with both Helpmann and AACTA nominations.
Grant began his career at age 16 with the soap opera Sons and Daughters. Since then, his credits include Janus, Correlli, GP, Wildside, Seachange, City Homicide, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Winners & Losers, Jack Irish, Olivia Newton John, Hoges, Newton’s Law, How To Stay Married, Wanted, Ex PM 2, Wentworth and recently in My Life is Murder.
Feature film credits have included Bad Boy Bubby, Darkness Falls, The Outsider, The Condemned, Crime and Punishment, Crocodile Dundee in LA, Mormon Yankees: The Spirit of the Game and most recently featured opposite Daniel Radcliff in Return to Pretoria due to be released in early 2020.
On-stage highlights include Realism, Moby Dick, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The 39 Steps, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, His Girl Friday, Hairspray, The Odd Couple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hand to God, Grease, Around The World in 80 Days, Oklahoma and Hello Dolly and will be playing Martini in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest this year.
Grant is proudly represented by IWM.
Andrea SolongeRead More
Andrea Solonge is a graduate from the Howard Fine Acting School in Melbourne.
Andrea has appeared in the US feature God’s of Egypt and multiple web series including Shit Creek and White Teeth. Andrea’s short film work includes The Honoured Society, Uma Thurman is Underrated, Candy’s Apples and Excess Baggage. In 2018, Andrea was selected as one of 10 performers for Australia’s first Equity Diversity Showcase and in 2019 Andrea was awarded the Australian Equity Foundation’s scholarship to attend at the Atlantic Acting School in New York this US Summer.
Most recently Andrea filmed a role in the bilingual comedy web series Girl Interrupted for writer/director Grace Feng and producer Nikki Tan.
In a short period of time, Tyran has firmly established himself as an acclaimed director on the Australian theatre scene. He directed the all-star production of ‘Follies’ at the Melbourne Recital Hall, followed by last years’ acclaimed production of ‘Barnum’ starring Todd McKenny and Rachael Beck.
Professional Directing credits include the plays;‘Thom Pain’, ‘Pool (no water)’, ‘The Laramie Project’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Proof’, the musicals; ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Lovebites’, Metro St’, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Goodbye Girl’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Hello Again’, and the operas; The Coronation of Poppea and ‘The Fairy Queen’.
Tyran is a huge devotee of the work of Stephen Sondheim. Having played the title role in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ professionally, he was thrilled to recently direct a much-acclaimed production in Perth in 2018. Aside from ‘Follies’, ‘Assassins’, which toured throughout Victoria after its sell-out Melbourne season was a highlight. ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim’ repeated this artistic success. To celebrate the Composer’s 90th Birthday, Tyran will direct ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in March this year.
Concert work includes the acclaimed ‘Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good’ ,Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in ‘Tapestry’, Caroline O’Connor’s, ‘From Broadway with Love’ and three separate national tours of ‘From Broadway to La Scala’ , over a six-year period.
He is on the advisory committee of ‘New Musicals Australia’ in Sydney and ‘Homegrown’ in Melbourne while he continues to develop several new Australian musicals such as, ’Crossroads’ which he directed at Chapel off Chapel.
Other productions include the acclaimed, ‘Ordinary Days’ (Green Room Award – Best Director), ‘Big Fish’ (Broadway World and Glugg nominations- best director) at the Hayes Theatre, ‘Falsetto’s’, (Green Room Nomination- Best Director) and the opera ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ (Opera Chaser Award – Best director of an Opera).
As a teacher, Tyran has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is also Artistic Director of Clovelly Fox Productions.
Kathleen is a freelance Director and Producer and is currently the Executive Administrator to the Executive Director & Co-CEO at Melbourne Theatre Company. Most recently she was the Directing Intern for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Other directing credits include the reading of Post – A Musical (The MC Showroom) Speaking in Tongues (Doughnut Productions/Pleasance for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 & The Cockpit in London), after morning after (The Drayton Arms), and Girl in a Crisis at Omnibus Theatre where she was the Resident Assistant Director 2014-15. She was the Assistant Director on Judy! (Arts Theatre West End) and it’s previous version Through the Mill (Southwark Playhouse). Other assisting credits include Legally Blonde (Dir. Michael Ralph – James Terry Collective), Into the Woods (Dir. Gary Young – 3rd Year VCA Music Theatre), a promenade production of Macbeth (Omnibus), Associate Director of Clapham Ghost Ride (Omnibus) which had its audiences on bicycles, Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean (The Bloomsbury Theatre) and Boris Godunov (The Brockley Jack). Kathleen has a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Set & Costume DesignRead More
Set & Costume Design
Dann Barber is considered one of the most exciting designers in a new wave of emerging theatre practitioners. In only a short time since graduating NIDA’s design program, he has amassed a range of credits across many varied fields. Recent work includes his acclaimed re-imagining of ‘Barnum: The Circus Musical’ starring Todd McKenny (StoreyBoard Entertainment) ’33 Variations’ starring Ellen Burstyn and Lisa McCune (Mariners Group and Cameron Lukey), ‘Escaped Alone’ (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), ‘the Ghetto Cabaret’ (Fortyfivedownstairs) and the sold out season of ‘Angels in America’ (Cameron Lukey, Dirty Pretty Theatre). He has worked in Sydney at the Hayes Theatre, ‘Carmen: Alive or Dead’, and at the Griffin, ‘Thomas Murray and The Upside Down River’. Further north he has amassed a reputation for excellence across many styles including acclaimed productions for The Queensland Theatre Company with ‘A Tribute of Sorts’, The Brisbane Festival, ‘Klutz: A tragic comedy’; and La Boite Theatre Company with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
His work spans costumes and set design across plays, musicals and opera’s with his work on ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ for Lyric opera in Melbourne receiving many accolades. Dann also runs his own theatre company- Goodnight Darling – and his first creation, which he both directed and designed, ‘Rainbow Man’ was programmed for a full season at Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne in 2017. Dann has been the associate costume designer for Gabriela Tylesova for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Australian Ballet) and most recenty ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (Melbourne Theatre Company).
This year he will design a major commercial run of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. And the Australian premiere of Amelie the Musical at the Eternity Theatre in Darlinghurst, Sydney. In addition to his NIDA design degree, Dann has a degree of Fine Arts- Drawing from RMIT.
Lighting DesignerRead More
Rachel has an extensive and highly awarded body of work over three decades for main stage companies, independent theatre and architectural lighting design nationally and internationally. Selected recent designs include: The Boy, George starring Joel Creasey at Chapel off Chapel, Taking the Waters for Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Facing Medea directed by Jenny Kemp for La Mama, The Ghetto Cabaret at 45 Downstairs directed by Gary Abrahams, Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill and directed by Jenny Kemp at Red Stitch and Barnum -The Circus Musical directed by Tyran Parke and starring Todd McKenny at The Comedy Theatre Melbourne. SHIT (Dee & Cornelius) toured internationally to ongoing critical acclaim at the Venice Biennale and The Edinburgh Festival during August 2019. This followed sold out national tours of SHIT (Dee & Cornelius) and The Season (Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island, MIFA 2017, National Tour 2018). Rachel’s awards include eight Green Room Awards for Theatre Lighting Design, IES Victorian and National Awards of Excellence for Lighting Design in 2005, 2010 and 2019 and Helpmann Award nominations in 2005 and 2015.
Sound DesignerRead More
Jack’s interest in theatrical sound began before long entering the professional realm, through his father’s involvement in sound engineering productions from the Cameron Mackintosh heyday such as Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables and Cats. Growing up around the world of theatrical sound design, it seemed that professional sound would be the ideal career and over the past ten years, Jack has worked for The National Theatre of England, The Production Company and System Sound on over 20 commercial productions of both plays and musicals including Phantom of The Opera World Tour, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Warhorse, Antigone, Ghost and many more. Jack’s love of small theatre and design is now leading him out of large scale commercial theatre and into the fertile and fundamentally meaningful grounds of small theatre, where new and innovative ideas can be developed and works can take form with vibrancy, creativity and the other fleeting qualities that simply don’t thrive in the commercial realm. Through founding Jax Audio Systems, Jack has designed and engineered You Will Be Found and Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim whilst developing in-roads to acoustic treatment and installations for venues and acting as Deputy Head of Sound on the current touring production of Chicago The Musical. Jack is proud to be involved with Tyran Parke for a second time in Clovelly Fox’s first production, When The Rain Stops Falling.
Christopher Harley is a playwright and composer. His play Blood Bank was premiered by Ensemble Theatre in 2015, and his latest play Remembering Pirates premiered at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2016. In same year, Christopher was shortlisted for the 2016 Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission for his play Losing Things. In 2013, Birdcage was performed as part of ATYP’s Out of Place (subsequently published by Currency Press) and his play Tortoise Love was presented by Griffin Theatre as part of their Festival of New Writing. His first full-length play Kimono Queen was developed and presented by Queensland Theatre Company in 2012 after winning their Young Playwrights’ Award. As a writer/composer, Christopher’s music theatre works include The Lonely Leaf (Gondwana Choirs), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Could Never (Hunter Drama), and Pink Tutu (NIDA), the latter winning him a CONDA award for Best Musical Score. His musical theatre songs have been recorded and performed by Australia’s leading performers at events such as The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Sydney Cabaret Festival, Light the Night and featured regularly at the Homegrown Australia’s New Music concert series.
Christopher’s sound design / theatre composition credits include Blood Bank (Ensemble Theatre), Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Sport for Jove), Pool (no water) (NIDA), Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Shakespeare Centre Australia), As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (Tantrum Theatre), and this year he will compose the score to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (StoreyBoard Entertainment). He was also the composer for short films Animal Love and Past Everything. Most recently, Christopher was commissioned by The Bellingen Music Festival to compose a concert work for strings, clarinet and percussion titled Hiraeth.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) (Honours – Class I) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Production / Stage ManagerRead More
Production / Stage Manager
Nathan Santamaria is an audio engineer, production manager and sound designer, working across many genres of music and live performance. His involvement with music has seen him work with some of the best musicians and artists in Melbourne, including James Morrison, Monique di Mattina, Georga Byrne, Nardia Rose and Opera Australia as well as international artists. Nathan also worked with Live Nation Touring on the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ 2019 tour in Melbourne. Nathan’s theatre credits include Production Manager and Sound Designer for The Boy, George (One Eyed Man Productions), Sound Operator for Extinction (Sarah Tierney Productions), Technical Manager for the premier production of Swim Between The Flags (VCA Theatre), Sound Designer for On The Town (VCA Music Theatre), Sound Designer and Composer for F###ING A (VCA Theatre), Sound Design Consultant for POST: A New Musical (Something Blue Productions) and Technical Supervisor for Delilah (Left of Centre Theatre Company). Nathan worked with award-winning sound designer and composer Kelly Ryall as an intern on the productions of A View From The Bridge (Melbourne Theatre Company), You Animal, You (Force Majeure) and SIMULCAST (Chunky Move). In 2016, Nathan started his own technical production company, SAVi Studios, and in 2019 he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production).
Assistant Director / Voice CoachRead More
Assistant Director / Voice Coach
Penny Larkins is a performer and facilitator with 25 years as a professional singer, actor, writer, educator, choir director and workshop facilitator. Penny combines studies towards MFA in Voice (NIDA), Bachelor of Arts Musical Theatre (WAAPA) and Diploma of Education (RMIT) with a lifetime of practical and empathic experience to cultivate a rich palette of expressions and capacities.
Most recent dialect coaching work has involved Pursued By Bear’s Bright Star, Patalog’s Punk Rock and Sovereign Hill’s new sound & light spectacular AURA.
Performance and project involvement include the original Australasian tours of both Boy From Oz and Mamma Mia!, Hamlet, Oz Opera’s Way Dead Cool, Doubt: A Parable, Woodford Festival Fire Event finale, the premiere of Ned (a new Australian Musical), Punctum Live Arts Hardcore Member and curation of Quiet Place concert series.
Teaching experience includes Penn State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Jugend in Wien (Austria), NIDA, AIM, Sydney Children’s Festival choir, Melbourne Millennium Chorus and Schools Chorus.
Media AdvisorRead More
Kara Bertoncini is a freelance Media Advisor and currently an Advisor, Media and Communications at Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault. Kara has had a career in the media industry as an arts, film and travel journalist/editor for The AU Review, a music journalist/editor for Acid Stag and Vulture Magazine, and a copywriter for music label Mammal Sounds. In addition to this, Kara was an Associate Producer and Presenter for Big Review TV covering high profile red carpet events including the ARIA Awards, TV Week Logie Awards and opening nights of The Lion King, Dirty Dancing and Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Journalism and Italian from Monash University.