In far western New South Wales the booming silver mines of Hades Crossing feed the burgeoning economy of a newly minted nation. But when months pass without rain, the growing population and its thirsty mines soon outstrip the water supply. In desperation the Chamber of Commerce capitulates to public demand by engaging the services of Dr H de Majors McWaters, Rainmaker.

Based on events of the disastrous ‘Water Famine’ of 1903, Drought Breaker is an Australian fable about pride and fall, faith, folly and the quest to conquer nature.

Song lyrics and music are available from playwright. Download and listen to a sample track here.

"...amply succeeded in drawing out history, Australiana, nostalgia, tragedy, humanity, comedy, pathos, sadness and sympathy... Stainton has opened up themes as large as the landscape."—Brad Syke, Sydney Stage

  • drama with music
  • 120
  • 19 total
  • 11 female identifying, 8 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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