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Rain Falling Up

A modern orchestral, choral and visual performance for children, an oratorio for children and gravity defying adults.

When Jake breaks his Mum’s favourite vase, he tries to explain to her that it was not entirely his fault. Gravity, he explained to her, was half to blame. His Mum, however, is having none of his excuses and sends him to his room where Jake invents a switch to turn off gravity.


“An astonishing piece of work…captivating…inspiring”
BBC Sounds Classical Magazine 

“Utterly Charming…Amazing”
Belfast Telegraph

“It was brilliant”
Conal McCord, St Kieran’s Primary School, Poleglass, Co Antrim

Short-listed for 2011 British Composers Award.


Last performed March 2018 at Ulster Hall in collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra.

First performed in the Waterfront Hall with the the Ulster Orchestra, 300 strong children’s choir and live animation by artist Matthew Robins. It subsequently has been performed in Dublin, Derry and in the Italian city of Aosta; each time with a different orchestra and children’s choir

Writer/Director: John McIlduff

Composer: Brian Irvine

PuppeteerMatthew Robins

A Dumbworld/Wide Open Music Production.

Wide Open Music: Rain Falling Up with Pauline McLynn, and Fergus Sheil conducting