Väimela Alajärv 2012 08

Above Image: by Vaido Otsar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Rainbows Singing

Rainbows Singing follows two stories separated in time by 150 years. The first deals with the life and poetry of Australian poet and horseman, Adam Lindsay Gordon. Gordon eventually fell victim to his manic depression, and committed suicide with a service rifle in the scrub behind Brighton Beach, Victoria  on 24th June 1870. He is the subject of How We Beat the Favourite.

The second protagonist is a modern-day teenager, James, who shares with Gordon a love of sport, a desire to be a writer, and a burgeoning mental illness. Initially, Gordon’s and James’s stories proceed in two separate time zones, but when James sets out to write a novel based on Gordon’s life, his delusions become severe, and the present and past merge together in his mind, and the play takes a step into the surreal. Urged by his mother into treatment for his illness,  James fears that he may be forced to choose between his medication and his creative talent, to him the most important thing in life.

Rainbows Singing has received extensive workshopping, and is production-ready. It provides powerful parts for several young actors.

To obtain a copy of the script, and to discuss performance issues, please email me