“Year after year the game’s not worth a cracker/

Then the moon changes colour and the sky lights up”

A light-hearted yet bittersweet story with delightful songs and lively dance numbers makes Summer Rain is the perfect way to end the year.

Christmas Eve, 1945. Harold Slocum, proprietor of Slocum’s Travelling Family Tent Show, has a love of the horses, an intimate relationship with bookies and no money to pay his troupe.

After the performers walk out, the Slocum family finds itself in the drought-blighted NSW outback town of Turnaround Creek. Deciding to put on a show, they muster the enthusiasm of the townsfolk, despite the hostility shown by local publican Barry Doyle, who remembers the last time Harold was in town, 16 years previously.

Then the drought breaks and the Slocums are stranded. Over nine days of rain, dormant memories of an illicit affair resurface and emotions run high, new life is breathed into the town, love blossoms and a feeling of rejuvenation and optimism for the future after the long years of war, beings to take hold.

Nick Enright and Terence Clarke‘s charming musical celebrates the vaudeville troupes which travelled outback Australia in the 1930s and 40s and the tight-knit rural communities they entertained.

“Marvellously entertaining” Sydney Morning Herald

At the helm is Trent Kidd, making his directorial debut at New Theatre following stints as choreographer on Privates on Parade and Sweeney Todd. He has assembled a top-notch team of creatives including Musical Director Tim Cunniffe (We Will Rock You), set and costume designer Mason Browne (Ruthless: The Musical) and lighting designer Juz McGuire (Sugarland).

The cast ranges from 15yo Rebecca Burchett to ‘old pros’ such as Laurence Coy (The Drowsy ChaperoneThe Man of La ManchaHigh Society) and Green Room Award-winner Jacqui Rae Moloney (Anything GoesGuys and DollsHairspray). They’re joined by WAAPA graduates David Hooley (Privates on Parade), Nat Jobe (Crazy For You), Tom Handley (Wicked); Anna FreelandMichele Lansdown and Brett O’Neill from the cast of Squabbalogic’s hit The Drowsy Chaperone; and returning to New Theatre, Sweeney Toddcast members Jaimie Leigh JohnsonDaisy Cousens and Steven Ritchie.


Director/Choreographer Trent Kidd
Musical Director Tim Cunniffe  Set & Costume Designer Mason Browne
Lighting Designer Juz McGuire   Costume Designer Nicola Block 
Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer  Caroline Mooney 
Production Manager/Stage Manager Jo Jewitt

Rebecca Burchett, Daisy Cousens, Laurence Coy, Anna Freeland, Catty Hamilton, Tom Handley, David Hooley, Nat Jobe, Jaimie Leigh Johnson, Michele Lansdown, Joy Miller, Jacqui Rae Moloney, Clare O’Connor, Brett O’Neill, Steven Ritchie, Andrew Sharp, Chris Wilcox

SEASON                 15 November – 17 December
PERFORMANCES  Preview: Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 November 7.30pm
                               Opening Night: Thursday 17 November 7.30pm [invitation only]
                               Season: Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5pm 
                               Final performance: Saturday 17 December 5pm
TICKET PRICES    $17 – $32
BOOKINGS            NEWTHEATRE.ORG.AU (no booking fee)
VENUE                   New Theatre, 542 King Street Newtown