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The Half God of Rainfall

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Written by
Inua Ellams
Directed by
Nancy Medina
Age recommendation
Running time
approximately 90 minutes
13 Apr - 17 May 2019
Inua Ellams

Fuel, Kiln Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present

Modupe, cursed with extraordinary beauty, draws the unwanted attention of the Greek and Yoruba gods. Her son Demi, half Nigerian-mortal, half Olympian child, is bestowed with powers; one of them manifests in the game of basketball. When he unknowingly sparks Zeus’ wrath, Modupe tries to protect him from the capricious whims of the gods.

Inua Ellams (The Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre; An Evening With An Immigrant) writes this contemporary saga that weaves poetry with storytelling in a majestic, chaotic journey across mythologies that transports us from a tiny village in Southern Nigeria to the further reaches of our galaxy and beyond.

Supported by London Community Foundation, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.

"Ellams’s writing is exceptional, and has a character and an incredible ability to paint vivid pictures for an audience. His words are full of love, nostalgia and strength. He transports us."

A Younger Theatre on 'An Evening With An Immigrant'

"Ellams has an instinctive feel for the polyphonous rhythms of dialogue, and the way his characters use language is both a texture and a theme of this play."

The Telegraph on 'Barber Shop Chronicles'

"His writing is aromatic. He can capture the smell of a place, the sense of a moment, as well as anyone."

Whatsonstage on 'Black T-shirt Collection'

Select a performance

Saturday 13th Apr
- Saturday 20th Apr
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
Friday 26th Apr
- Tuesday 30th Apr
Kiln Theatre, London

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