In The Rain an old woman begins her story with the words people used to give me things. She tells of her past, when she was very young and would stand in a field as hundreds of people filed past her to the train.
Forbidden to take anything with them, they handed her the small treasures they carry. She lists some of them - spectacles, shoes, hat pins, photographs, parcels tied up with string - and she takes them home and cares for them in the vain hope that they might one day return to reclaim them. One treasure in particular holds significance for her - a small phial of rainwater from the village of the young Jewish boy who left it with her.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
The Rain was first performed as part of KTTP Season 5 in 1998.
- poetic monologue
- 20 minutes
- 1 female, 0 male
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre