“The hilarious and heart-warming Barber Shop Chronicles did so well at the National Theatre that it came back for a second sell-out run. If you didn’t catch that play, it’s back again this summer at the Roundhouse. The playwright behind that hit, Inua Ellams, has as new play opening in London too – The Half God of Rainfall. This is an epic story about gods, mortals and…basketball. It’s coming to the Kiln Theatre from Birmingham where it’s had some great reviews, so definitely worth checking out.”
“Inua Ellams had a blazing success with the Barber Shop Chronicles, inspired by the stories he heard in his Peckham barbers. His new play is completely different, taking the audience to Mount Olympus but replacing old Greek myths with new ones that draw on Yoruba traditions. It tells the story of Demi, the son of a mortal and a god whose tears can make rivers break their banks. Demi rises to fame as a basketball player but the gods have their whims and they don’t like others getting too much praise. Expect storytelling, poetry and revenge.”
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.
A major young talent continues to push boundaries
Inua Ellams' striking modern myth
The themes are mighty, yet the writing is airy and elegant in this play that fuses Yoruba and Greek mythology
This is vital theatre: funny, moving, unflinching
The Sunday Times
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