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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Rain Falling On The Abattoir

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Phillip Herd created this play during lockdown in 2021.  He also wrote Mystery of the Golden Scoop for Adelaide Fringe.

On the weekend I attended a matinee session at the Cracked Actors Theatre (my first visit to this venue) and was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and welcoming from the staff.

Once seated and lights turned down, the music began playing from an immensely powerful and fabulous sound system to set the scene and get the feet tapping.   This sound system was cleverly used in several unexpected ways throughout the play (I jumped a few times).  Really loved the music played.

The theme of ‘The End of Days’ are upon us, is consistent during the play i.e., a last chance to follow one’s dreams, right wrongs, dare to leave, find courage, finish what one had started, spiritual aspects etc.  The themes are played out magnificently and dramatically, by the obviously very experienced actors.

It is serious, dramatic, hilarious, entertaining and thought provoking in these times of change.  Displaying strength, fragility of the human nature and the compassionate side as well, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this one.

Quote from Matthew Richard Walsh, director’s notes;

Over three years we have pressure tested over fifty new plays live at CAT, but we have never seen an audience respond the way they did to this one.  There is a deep connection between what Phil has written and what we have all just been through and yet the dreaded ‘C’ word doesn’t even get a mention.  It is full of the side-splitting humour that accompanies catastrophe and demonstrates the resilience of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Phillip Herd created this play during lockdown in 2021.  He also wrote Mystery of the Golden Scoop for Adelaide Fringe. On the weekend I attended a matinee session at the Cracked Actors Theatre (my first visit to this venue) and was pleasantly surprised by the...Rain Falling On The Abattoir