“‘For thousands of years, Gods enjoyed full dominion over the lives of men. As prayers dwindled, Gods felt their power cut’
Inua Ellams, writer of world-wide hit Barber Shop Chronicles, returns with his new play Half God of Rainfall, a 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.
Modupe (Rakie Ayola), cursed with extraordinary beauty, draws the unwanted attention of the Greek and Yoruba gods. Her son Demi (Kwami Odoom), 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.
Directed by Nancy Medina, this world-premiere a collaboration between Kiln Theatre, Fuel and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
The Half-God of Rainfall
By Inua Ellams
Supported by London Community Foundation & Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.
Saturday 13 April – Saturday 20 April 2019
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Thursday 25 April – Friday 17 May 2019
Kiln Theatre, London