Sherman Cymru and Bristol Old Vic

Before It Rains

Before It Rains


Bristol Old Vic: 10 - 22 September
Sherman Cymru: 25 September - 6 October


Please see venue website for details

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Suitable for ages 12+

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  • Reviews
  • Cast & Team

Show Information

Before It Rains

 Harry Ferrier  Craig Gazey Lisa Palfrey 
 Harry Ferrier  Craig Gazey  Lisa Palfrey


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 Bristol Old Vic and is part of our commitment to developing Welsh and Wales-based writers.

Show Times

Venue Date Times
Bristol Old Vic 10 - 22 September 8pm with a
Sat matinee at 3pm
Sherman Cymru 25 September - 6 October 8pm


'This is a thought-provoking first link between the two companies, boosted by three committed performances under Roisin McBrinn’s disciplined direction.' Jeremy Brien - The Stage

'...a poignant production which skilfully expresses the animalistic and morbid qualities of a wretchedly hard life.'  Jo Holloway - Bristol Culture

'Before It Rains is moving and thought provoking; I like that in a play.' Vivienne Kennedy - Guide2Bristol

Cast & Team

By Katherine Chandler

Róisín McBrinn

Alyson Cummins

Lighting Designer:
Paul Keogan

Harry Ferrier 
Craig Gazey 
Lisa Palfrey


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