A HEART-WARMING tale, Rain Main explores the coming together of two brothers who seem an unlikely pair.

Set in the 1980s, this production is inspired by the Oscar-winning film which stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

The play begins with the brash and uptight Charlie Babbitt, played by Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street), who is running his own business – very frantically.The rush of speech can be confusing at times, but you can understand why Charlie Babbitt is such a confident and self-centred salesman.Chris has a brilliant American accent throughout. His subtle changes in body language and tone, calming down his whole demeanour, make you slowly warm to Charlie towards the end of the play.

Charlie soon realises, after his dad’s death, that the majority of his father’s fortune has been left to Raymond Babbitt– a brother he didn’t know he had.

Raymond, played by understudy Adam Lilley, was put into an institution after the boy’s mother died. He is extremely clever and can count and read quicker than anyone else. Yet, he is autistic and struggles to cope with the changes that every day life brings.

Adam does a fantastic job of portraying someone with Autism. His constant movements and body language shows us how much he struggles with social interaction and changes to his daily routine.

Charlie decided to ‘borrow’ Raymond from the institution, in an attempt to rightfully gain his half of the money.

Discovering that Raymond is easily agitated and becoming annoyed with his constant Abbott and Costello act, Charlie realises that this could be harder than he thought.

There are a few heart-warming moments combined with a touch of comedy that keeps this performance alive.

If you fancy going to see this iconic American comedy-drama, then visit www.theplayhouse.co.uk or call 01934 645544.