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When it Rains. Part Play. Part Graphic Novel.

by on April 30, 2013

34_WhenitRainsWritten and directed by Anthony Black, artistic co-director of 2b theatre company, When it Rains is a live performance in the style of a graphic novel, animated entirely by a single video projector. Taking to the Playhouse stage on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm, this original work tells the story of two couples seeking solace and meaning amidst uncertainty and randomness. When a series of tragic events strike, Alan, Anna, Sybil and Louis all react in different and sometimes surprising ways.

The production is an experiment in theatrical storytelling, with deliberately chosen constraints. A computer projector is used as the only source of light, along with a few chairs and a few props. The actors, framed against a black wall interact with projected environments. Nick Bottomley’s projection design creates a visually striking, dynamic, and theatre-in-low-relief aesthetic.

Darkly funny, heartbreaking, and visually arresting, When it Rains premiered in Halifax in April 2011 and toured to the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto in August 2012 where it won the SummerWorks design award.

“…a treat for the senses that will leave you thinking about the big questions of life… if that’s not great theatre, I don’t know what is” The Coast Weekly

2b theatre company is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating works for the regional, national, and international stages. Artistic co-directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black share a commitment to create, develop, and produce new work that is distinguished by innovation in staging, polish in design, and virtuosity in performance.

Now in its 13th season, 2b has toured productions to Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, New York, Nashville, and across Canada. 2b has been nominated for 42 Nova Scotia Theatre Robert Merritt Awards, including 8 for When it Rains, making it the most nominated show of 2012.

Tickets for When it Rains are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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