Manchester Rain


Co-created by composer Michael Betteridge and clients of Cornerstone Day Centre in Manchester.

This piece explores how a moment of kindness can be a catalyst for change.

In this work, three characters encounter Manchester’s infamous rain, with each one having a very different relationship to the city’s weather.

Dr Rose Autumn, a shy and solitary individual, is clinging to an heirloom umbrella, which, despite the rain pouring harder she does not want to use in order to preserve her dead mother’s memory.

A business person is frustrated by how the weather ruins his expensive suits, but also how it makes everyone in the city so miserable; all he wants is to make a connection and exchange a smile with passersby.

A brolly seller is, of course, revelling in the weather: rain equals cold hard cash.

As rain turns to thunder and lightning, we witness a moment in which Rose’s umbrella is about to become a lightning rod, surely killing her. Will someone step in and save her?

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