Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor

by Finegan Kruckemeyer

17-27 March 2021

A HotHouse Theatre Production

Time slows when you’re in love.

From a Cold War Russian submarine to a Parisian watch shop, an Appalachian snowfield to an uncomfortable first date, this charming, quirky, and funny meditation on love is a tale about fleeting moments and chance encounters.

Follow eleven characters across multiple times and places as they search for love, sometimes with unexpected consequences.

HotHouse is thrilled to welcome back to the Butter Factory stage, Albury actors Rachel McNamara (Rabbit Hole, All Saints) and Grace Rouvray (Ladies in Black, 600 Bottles of Wine – Netflix), joined by Wodonga actor Nick Steain (The Good Doctor, Accidental Death of an Ancharist) making his HotHouse Theatre debut.

“…entertaining, thoughtful and thought-provoking, the best kind of theatre to go and see with friends.” Nerida Dickinson, ArtsHub

“A deliberately charming exercise in storytelling…” ★★★ Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald


WITH: Rachel McNamara, Grace Rouvray and Nick Steain

DIRECTOR: Karla Conway
DESIGNER: Sophie Woodward
SOUND DESIGNER: Jason Groenveld

Duration 85 minutes, no interval  Suitability 15 years +


Rachel McNamara 

Rachel completed a BA performance at Theatre Nepean (University of Western Sydney) and has worked as an actor across film, television and stage both nationally and internationally. An accomplished teaching artist, Rachel facilitates the School Drama program for the Sydney Theatre Company which used drama techniques in the teaching of other curricular such as English and Maths in primary schools. As part of this program she recently attended the Lincoln Center Summer forum in New York. Rachel was a member of the highly physical bi-lingual musical theatre ensemble LATT theatre in Seoul for three years and has performed in schools around Australia with TIE company Brainstorm productions. Rachel has worked in a range of applied theatre settings with the Starlight Foundation, local councils, museums and art galleries and a range of educational institutions, directing and producing numerous productions in schools including musicals, site specific works, works devised by students and works by established playwrights from a range of genres.

She created the character Nurse Frances Regan in All Saints (Seven Network). She was most recently seen in the Celsius Independent Theatre production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Holeand The Land of Snow and Ice for UPSTREAM FESTIVAL. 

Grace Rouvray

Grace is an actor, writer, producer and comedian hailing from Albury/Wodonga. In 2016, after a particularly stupid dating experience Grace started a blog chronicling her thoughts and feelings on dating in your twenties. Following the positive response to the blog, including one being shared virally by Constance Hall, she turned her now popular blog into the script 600 Bottles Of Wine. The series premiered on BBC Three in 2018 and has since been acquired by Network Ten, Virgin Inflight Entertainment, TV NZ On Demand, YLE Finland, CBC Canada, ABC iview, iTunes, GooglePlay and most recently added to Netflix AU/NZ. 
The Guardian UK listed Grace’s writing with the likes of Hannah Gadsby, Felicity Ward, Claudio O’Doherty, The Letdown, calling her “A unique and refreshing voice. 
Grace’s other screen credits include biopics Brock and House Of Hancock and Bruce Beresford’s Ladies In Black. Most recently she wrote and performed the Hour of Power stand up series with fellow writer performer Katie Lees. Following a sold out run at Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival the show had a two-week season at Flight Path Theatre in January 2020 … AKA just before the world fell apart. 

Nicholas Steain 

Hailing from Wodonga, Nick Steain is an actor, comedian and writer. He has trained at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art and 16th Street Actor Studios in Melbourne. Nick co-founded Limbo Theatre Company which had successful seasons in Canberra in 2018 and 2019. His most recent credits include Inspector Bertozzo in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Sergie Vonmiglaslov in Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor. This is Nick’s HotHouse Theatre debut. He is thrilled to be performing in front of his hometown. 

Finegan Kruckemeyer

Finegan has had 100 commissioned plays performed on six continents and translated into eight languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in over 200 international festivals and in 2018, he was the most-produced playwright of original children’s theatre in the US.

His work has received 37 awards, including the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for international Theatre for Young Audiences, David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, seven Australian Writers Guild Awards and an inaugural Sidney Myer Fellowship. He has spoken at conferences in ten countries, with papers published and works studied at international universities.

Finegan was born in Ireland and moved halfway around the world to Adelaide, Australia aged eight. After 15 years, he and his wife Essie left for the island state of Tasmania. And after 15 more, with their son Moe, they returned.

For more information head to www.finegankruckemeyer.com

This production is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW as part of Arts Restart



Full $50.00
Conc. $42.00
Group $40.00
Student: $20

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