Premiered at Taipei Wellspring Theater
Director: Fu Hong-Zheng
In 2012, Director Fu Hong Zheng directed a newly adapted story called The Impending Storm – The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree for the Theatre Practice in Singapore. The story was adapted from The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree written by the late Singaporean theatre master, Kuo Pao Kun. In this adapted version, the relationship between the two title roles is used as a metaphor of the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter.
The Unbearable Rain is a further evolved version of that story. It is penned by Zhan Jie, a Golden Bell Awards winner, who based the story on solid field research that adheres to social reality in Taiwan. In addition, through collaborative devising process, Fu weaved personal experiences of the cast into the story which grew to be flesh and blood to the play.
The Unbearable Rain tells a story of three siblings: the big brother separates from his wife and kids in middle age due to his business bankruptcy; the little brother resides and runs a business in China; the baby sister migrates to Australia and starts a family.
The three households stemmed from one family gather together under one roof after their elderly father had gone missing is found. They talk about the father’s condition, money, and nursing home. In the repetitive ordinary daily dialogues and machine-like physicality, audiences are lured into the cage of family affection and are stuck there with characters.