As her production of the world première of Alexis Zegerman’s Holy Sh!t opens the inaugural season in the newly refurbished Kiln Theatre, artistic director Indhu Rubasingham has today announced that Inua Ellams’ The Half God of Rainfall joins the line-up for the opening season. Presented in a co-production with Fuel and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Half God of Rainfall opens on 30 April 2019, with previews from 26 April , and runs until 17 May 2019.
Ellams writes this contemporary saga that weaves poetry with storytelling in a majestic, chaotic journey across mythologies that transports audiences from a tiny village in Southern Nigeria to the further reaches of the galaxy and beyond.
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 is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales,The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours. His first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his most recent play Barber Shop Chronicles recently completed two sell-out run at the National Theatre. Last year, he toured extensively with his play An Evening with an Immigrant. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion.