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 +
Content Advice This production contains the use of an e-cigarette, medium coarse language, adult themes and sexual violence



Rachel McNamara 

Rachel McNamara is an actor, theatre-maker and teaching artist who lives and works in Albury/Wodonga. She completed her actor training at Theatre Nepean (University of Western Sydney), and upon graduating, joined the cast of Channel 7’s medical drama All Saints performing the role of nurse Frances Regan.

Rachel toured schools nationally with Brainstorm Productions  (Brave Hearts, Misfits, Verbal Combat) before relocating to Seoul to join Latt Children’s Theatre, where she performed in theatres and festivals internationally under the direction of Roger Rynd (Five Fools, Twelve Animals, Shadow Thief). With a passion for children’s theatre and how it can be used across modalities, Rachel took on the role of Captain Starlight for the Starlight Children’s Foundation on her return to Australia, before returning to the Albury Wodonga.

Rachel’s love of the arts was ignited by HotHouse Theatre as a young adult and her first performance with the company, Equation, was devised by a company of 21 young people. She has returned to the company time and time again; playing Helena in The Dream, a collaboration with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, starring Nicci Wilks, Wadih Dona and Rupert Reid. She was most recently seen at HotHouse in 2019 playing Becca in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole as part of the Celsius Independent Theatre season.

Rachel is passionate about creating opportunities for professional performers to live regionally and work professionally as well as providing regional kids with access to a high standard of drama education and opportunities. She continues to work as a teaching artist for the Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama program which pairs artists with teachers to develop drama based strategies with children’s literature to improve teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom. She is also the teaching artist for HotHouse Theatres Co:LAB program for emerging performers and theatre-makers aged (16-24). Rachel has also taken on a range of roles in local productions as well as numerous roles for local cultural organisations, councils and education institutions.

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

Sophie Woodward

Sophie is a Melbourne based Set and Costume designer. Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Production (Design) from VCA in 2010 winning the Beleura John Tallis Design Award in her final year. Since then she has designed Hungry Ghosts (MTC), Burn ThisThe One and Mr Burns, A Post Electric Play (FortyFive Downstairs); Between the Clouds, Pyjama Girl and Letters from the Border (Hothouse Theatre); Extinction, Rules for Living, You got Older, Uncle Vanya, The Honey Bees, The Village Bike, Wet House, Love love love, 4,000 Miles and Day One, A Hotel, Evening (Red Stitch); Thigh GapA Long Day’s Dying, Conspiracy, Patient 12 and The Savages of Wirramai (LaMama); Love Song (Melbourne Fringe); and The SapphiresGlorious, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Always Patsy Cline and All My Love (Hit Productions).

Sophie was Design Assistant on An Ideal Husband and Twelfth Night (MTC). Outside of designing for Theatre, Sophie is MTC’s Costume Co-ordinator. She also works as a stylist, styling the images for MTC’s Subscription Season brochure (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). Sophie was the wardrobe stylist on the music video Mine for Life is Better Blonde which was awarded the J award Australian Music Video of the Year in 2015.

You can view Sophie’s work at www.sophiewoodwarddesign.com  

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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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