The Half God of Rainfall Wins Black British Theatre Award

Posted on: 3rd December 2019

At the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards, held on October 27th, Fuel had the great honor of winning the Best Production of a Play award for The Half God of Rainfall co-produced with Kiln Theatre.

Along with this win, The Half God of Rainfall, was nominated for four other awards that night.

These nods included:
Inua Ellams for the Book & Lyrics Recognition Award
Nancy Medina – The Half God of Rainfall, for Best Director Award for a Play or Musical
Kwami Odoom – The Half God of Rainfall, for Best Male Actor in a Play
Rakie Ayola – The Half God of Rainfall, for Best Female Actor in a Play


The Half God of Rainfall is a contemporary epic that weaves poetry and storytelling in a majestic journey that transports us from a tiny village in South West Nigeria to Mount Olympus, to the further reaches of our galaxy and beyond.

The Half God of Rainfall premiered across April and May of this year at Birmingham Repertory and Kiln theatre in London. Written by Inua Ellams and Directed by Nancy Medina, the show featured Kwami Odoom and Rakie Ayola with design by Max Johns, Lighting design by Jackie Shemesh and sound design by Tanuja Amarasuriya.

Responding to a lack of recognition for the abundance of Black British talent over the past 70 years, The Black British Theatre Awards aim to bridge the gap between contribution and recognition, amplifying the positivity of talent and creativity in British theatre and placing a visible face and recognition on all creative fields in the theatre.

Fuel is thankful to be able to attend this great event, as well as to have received an award. Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees!

See the 2019 winners list here