40 Days of Rain
7.15pm, Wednesday 5 October | Camden Peoples Theatre | Calm Down Dear
“There is a collective noun for boys like me.
An impotence. That is what we are.
An impotence of men.”
40 Days of Rain uses performance, comedy and music to tell the story of two unrequited lovers as they stumble through friendship, relationships and heartbreak into parenthood.
In this intensely personal and autobiographical performance by theatremaker Roland Smith explores his own experiences of misogyny, love and fatherhood.
Collaborating with performance artist Holli Dillon, they chart a decade-long unrequited love affair between two friends to expose how family and bereavement shift our understanding of our relationships and self-understanding – and why we rarely manage to live up to our own expectations.
This is the first new performance piece from Theatre Delicatessen Co-Artistic Director Roland Smith in five years, prompted by the birth of his son, and the avalanche of emotion and experience that followed. A self-confessed misogynist, his experience of fatherhood led him to look back on his own behaviour and beliefs – and why he doesn’t want his son to turn out anything like him.
About the artist
Roland Smith is co-artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, for whom he has directed Henry V, conceived and directed Pedal Pusher (295 Regent Street; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Tobacco Factory, Bristol; Norsk Litturfestival, Lillehammer) Elle and the Cabaret of the Cavendish Club and Fanshen (both 295 Regent Street).
Other directing includes Right Up My Street (Young Vic TPR), Peer Gynt and A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Brent Arts Council), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Misanthrope (TACIT Theatre), Eskimo Sisters (Camden Peoples Theatre). Roland was awarded the RSC “Buzz Goodbody” Award for his revival of David Hare’s The Absence of War.
Other writing includes Finis Terre (Hybrid Theatre), Desert/Island/Man (ROAR) and To Close and Kill (ROAR at the Latchmere) described by What’s On Stage as “a thrilling piece of theatre… devastating analysis”.