Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling is a play about family, betrayal and forgiveness, spanning four generations and two hemispheres. It was commissioned and first produced by Brink Productions in Australia, developed in collaboration with Hossein Valamanesh. It premiered at the Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide, on 28 February 2008, co-presented by Brink Productions, the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts.
The play begins in Australia in 2039, in remote Alice Springs. A fish has fallen from the sky and landed at the feet of Gabriel York, who has been wondering what to serve his son Andrew, reunited with him after years of estrangement. The action then moves backwards and forwards across several different time zones. In a small flat in London in 1959, the marriage of Henry and Elizabeth Law (Gabriel York's grandparents) shows strains when odd incidents begin to befall Henry after the couple’s son (Gabriel Law) is born. In the same London flat in 1988, Gabriel Law’s relationship with his mother Elizabeth has soured owing to her reticence about his father Henry’s mysterious disappearance when his son was just 7 years old. Gabriel's unease ultimately sends him on a journey to Australia, where he meets a lonely young woman, Gabrielle York, with her own story of familial woe: she lost both her parents in the aftermath of a tragedy involving her brother’s disappearance.
The Scott Theatre premiere was directed by Chris Drummond and designed by Hossein Valamanesh.
The play received its European premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London, on 15 May 2009, directed by Michael Attenborough and designed by Miriam Buether.
It was premiered in the US at the Lincoln Center Theater in March 2010, directed by David Cromer.