Before It Rains

By Katherine Chandler

Before It Rains
Paperback, 88 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422865
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 13th September 2012
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Category: Drama, Family, Full length plays, Good role(s) for female performers, Good role(s) for younger performers, Modern drama (post-1945), Small cast (3-6 performers), Social issues, Welsh, Youth

Series: NHB Modern Plays

Cast Notes: 1f (forties - fifties) 2m (twenties)

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Staging: Various exterior settings
Amateur rights performance fee: £75.00 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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Downloadable Guide Sheet: BeforeItRains.pdf

Funny, brave and beautifully told, Before It Rains is a tale of parenthood, protection and provocation set on a proud, forgotten Cardiff estate.

Gloria is a single mum who enjoys sitting in her deckchair drinking her troubles away on her allotment, while her gentle son, Michael, digs the soil and makes sure everything is in order. From a relocated, troubled home, Carl - wild, unpredictable and near feral -  watches both the mother and son with interest, bouncing his ball.

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

- The Stage

'Sparse, tense and unnerving'

- The Venue

Katherine Chandler is a Welsh playwright who has written for Bristol Old Vic in collaboration with Sherman Cymru, Theatr Nan'og, Dirty Protest, Pentabus Theatre, Spectacle Theatre, Bridgend Yellow project and Blue Angel Films. She was the first winner of the Wales Drama Award, established by BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales.

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