Sherman Cymru and Bristol Old Vic

Before It Rains


25 September - 6 October


£14 | Concessions: £12
Under 25s: Half price

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Suitable for ages 12+ - Contains strong language

Post-show talks:
27 September with Róisín McBrinn
3 October with Katherine Chandler

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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

Before It Rains - Theatre 2

Tuesday 25 September 8pm
Wednesday 26 September 8pm
Thursday 27 September 8pm
Friday 28 September 8pm
Saturday 29 September 8pm
Monday 1 October 8pm
Tuesday 2 October 8pm
Wednesday 3 October 8pm
Thursday 4 October 8pm
Friday 5 October 8pm
Saturday 6 October 8pm


Before it Rains on tour: Full tour details


'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

this taut production moves towards its conclusion at often fearsome pace, but not without leaving space for stylised action and moments of threatening stillness. Tom Phillips - Venue

Cast & Team

By Katherine Chandler

Róisín McBrinn

Alyson Cummins

Lighting Designer
Paul Keogan

Composer & Sound Designer:
Simon Slater

Movement Director:
Yael Loewenstein

Harry Ferrier 
Craig Gazey 
Lisa Palfrey




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