In Constellations, the character Roland describes his unique profession as a beekeeper:
“Honeybees have an unfailing clarity of purpose. Their lives are often intensely short. But in a strange sort of way, I’m jealous of the humble honey bee and their quiet elegance … If only our existence were that simple. If only we could understand why it is that we’re here and what it is that we’re meant to spend our lives doing.”
Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling examines vivid moments from the lives of the Law/York family. This family evolves from English couple Henry and Elizabeth Law in 1959 to father and son Gabriel York and Andrew Price in 2039. Explore all the characters in between the four generations in the When the Rain Stops Falling Family Tree and from the ensemble who portray them.
Walter Bilderback: How would you describe the relationship between the family saga and the Anthropocene? The American writer Rob Nixon uses the phrase “slow violence” to explain why it’s so hard for us to emotionally grasp climate change and why it’s so challenging to deal with it in art: in your play, it also seems to be an apt description for the legacy of Henry Law through three generations.