The Rain God

The Rain God tells the true story of a man who says he can make it rain – Charles Mallory Hatfield. And when he says he will make it rain, it does.

At its core this is a play about responsibility. If I can, I should.
It touches on the themes of populism, of persuasion, and of hubris.
It also explores our ideas of what is and what is not science, and our prejudices about where truth comes from.


‘...moments of genuine joy’

Charles Hatfield made it rain. Or at least he claimed he could, travelling around the USA in the early 1900s, offering his services as a rainmaker to desperate, drought-hit communities.

He had a sensational streak of success, culminating in his incredible but ill-fated 1915 commission to fill San Diego’s depleted Morena Reservoir. Surely he was a fraud, though? A fake?

The Rain God sets off to find out. Framing Hatfield’s remarkable story within a more personal, relatable tale of childhood in rainy Manchester, writer Jack Monaghan crafts an intelligent, investigatory journey of admirable scope.

Development in Pictures

From Scratch, to R&D, to final performance, see how The Rain God developed in photos below

Audience reviews

What people said?

A dramatic mystery.. is that a category yet? It is now!
Amanda Wilkin
Actor, Playwright & Director
A great true story told with insightful scientific info, humour and audience participation
Rob Platts
Radio Plugger, Brace Yourself

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