Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard (1)

Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard (2011)


Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard is the newest work from AtticErratic’s Artistic Associate, playwright and composer, Tom Pitts.

The play tackles an age-old argument: sexual liberation versus conventional relationships. The protagonist, Helen, discovers that her liberal views are not readily shared by those around her and sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to her best friend, Elizabeth, who has chosen to settle down and get married. Exploring the still divisive issues of sexuality, promiscuity and monogamy, Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard presents an unflinchingly polemic view of how today’s society is driven by and denies these contentious issues.

With a number of awards for writing, including a 2010 Melbourne Fringe Award (Victorian Writers Centre Award for Best New Writing – Special Commendation), and scores that have been described as “beguiling” (Jason Whittaker, and “compelling” (Tim Richards, The Age), Pitts’ works are characterised by poetic prose and evocative soundscapes. Pitts’ inclination towards striking compositions of text and music is complemented by his pairing with AtticErratic Artistic Director Celeste Cody, and follows on from their resounding joint successes in 2010 with Chriistina: A Story With Music and Ad Absurdum (Winner Best Production & Best Director, Short + Sweet Melbourne).

This will be Cody’s second show in AtticErratic’s 2011 Season, the first being a remount of the critically acclaimed Christina: A Story with Music in May (another collaboration with Pitts), and will be the fourteenth piece she has directed in the last eight years. Cody thrives on creating visually astounding theatre, with a keen eye for detail and aesthetic. With a reputation for pushing boundaries and experimenting with traditional directorial methods, Cody presents work that is both moving and provocative. In this piece, both playwright and director engage with the idea of beauty – the beauty of the unknown and the excitement gained through mystery. They ask us: is it a more beautiful thing to know nothing about a person’s past?

With such timeless and fundamental themes, Tell Them That It Rained Too Hard will be bold and provocative, stripping bare the realities and ideals that constantly face us as we grapple with our own ideals of love and sex. The audience will be confronted with starkly opposed views of what it is to live in today’s sexually-charged society, and the choices that we are faced with as we are increasingly pressured to define ourselves by the people we sleep with or the person we love. Refraining from casting judgment or stating an agenda, the play will lay bare an open discourse for the audience, who in turn are given the space to question their own values and examine how these stories hold relevance within their own lives.

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