Directed by Matthew Ganley
Director of Photography Louise Cowley
Camera and lights David Naden
Music written and performed by Matthew Ganley
Edited by Louise Cowley
Amy Spencer as Leah
Susi Wrenshaw as Willow
Jacqueline Redgewell as Moth
Russell Kennedy as Ray
Salford Arts Theatre July 2010
Helmsley House November 2010
Contact Theatre January 2011
Salford Arts Theatre May 2011
Be Rain For Me follows lifelong friends Leah and Willow as they strive to find their place in the world. Stuck working in a fish factory in deepest Salford with only Greasy Gary for company, they embark on a journey of self discovery.
While Leah perfects her 'Julia Roberts smile', bereavement in Willow’s family sees her estranged parents thrust back into her life in ways she could never have expected.
As her father's deeply buried deceit surfaces and a colossal truth unravels, Willow learns that her perception of the past is almost as fragile as her mother's existence. Be Rain For Me encapsulates all that is beautiful between true friends whilst boldly challenging preconceptions of domestic abuse.
Gripping, witty and heartbreaking, Be Rain For Me is a rollercoaster of a play packed into one hour!
Click here for our feature in the Manchester Evening News City Life section, Friday 23rd July P9 to find out more about the actors, director and overview of the play.
Click here for the article in Manchester's Metro newspaper on Tuesday 27th July outlining the journey of developing the play and thoughts from the writer.
Salfordonline Entertainment's article about Be Rain For Me featuring the trailer and successes of the play so far.
Whatsonstage interview with Glenn Meads. Read the writer's first interview, with Glenn Meads at Whatsonstage, revealing her personal connections to the play and the origins of the title BE RAIN FOR ME.
Click here to view FEATURES and INTERVIEWS
Amy Spencer, Russell Kennedy, David Bowen, Susi Wrenshaw, Jacquelilne Redgewell
BE RAIN FOR ME was chosen as one of three theatre scripts to be developed for the Shortworks new writing showcase.
A 5-minute extract from the play was taken and re-worked as a stand-alone piece.
We workshopped the script and further drafts were created and re-created.
A huge throng of people turned out to see this and the other new works at Contact Theatre. It was an exciting evening which gave audience members a unique chance to see excellent new writing from local writers and to give vital feedback, shaping the future of theatre!
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