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Down Came The Rain
Published on Sunday, 20 May 2012

2 stars

Iambic Arts Theatre (venue website)
16 May, 8:30pm-9:30pm; 17 May, 9:00pm-10:00pm; 18-19 May, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Reviewed by Naomi Dixon

 Parental Guidance. Under-17's must be accompanied by an adult.
 Warning: Contains strong language.
 World Premiere.
 2-for-1 tickets for Friends of the Fringe members.

Down Came The Rain is a one act play brought to the Brighton Fringe by the Raven Theatre Company. Set in 1968 in a garden shed in Somerset, the play deals with the topics of friendship, trust, and love.

Written by Jade Allen and Laura Rugg and directed by Jade Allen as well, the plot involves a bank heist gone awry and the consequences that follow.  While the company should be commended for the effort and dedication involved in writing, directing and acting in the play, I can’t help but feel that they took on too much.

The writing, although at times witty, felt unrealistic to me, and what could have been a good half hour romp was dragged out for over an hour. While the concept was an interesting one, the play seemed to lose its way and I found my concentration and interest began to wane. The script also seemed to lack any clear ending and stopped abruptly in what appeared to be mid scene.

Down Came The Rain was a great effort on the part of all involved.  With considerable regret, though, I find it difficult to recommend.

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