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Casting announced for Nancy Medina's production of Inua Ellams' The Half-God of Rainfall

Rakie Ayola and Kwami Odoom

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Nancy Medina’s forthcoming production of Inua Ellams’ new play The Half-God of Rainfall, which runs at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from April 13 to April 20 and the Kiln Theatre from April 25 to May 17, 2019.

Rakie Ayola will play Modupe, mother to her half-god son Demi who will be played by Kwami Odoom.

For thousands of years, Gods enjoyed full dominion over the lives of men. As prayers dwindled, Gods felt their power cut.

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’ contemporary saga 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.

Rakie Ayola’s recent theatre work includes: Leave To Remain (Lyric Hammersmith), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre), King Lear (Royal Exchange/Talawa), Crave/4:48 Psychosis (Sheffield Crucible), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National at The Apollo) and The Winter’s Tale (RSC).

Her recent screen work includes: Noughts and Crosses, Shetland, No Offence and King Lear (TV); Been So Long, Dredd, Now Is Good and Sahara (film).

Kwami Odoom’s work in theatre includes: BOYS (The PappyShow/Vaults), A Christmas Carol (Royal Shakespeare Company), Queen Margaret (Royal Exchange), Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre) and DNA, Pigeon English and Romeo and Juliet (National Youth Theatre REP Company). He has also appeared on television in The Athena, The Rook and Doctors and in the film A Family Affair.

This world premiere production will be designed by Max Johns, with movement direction by Imogen Knight, sound design by Tanuja Amarasuriya, lighting design by Jackie Shemesh and casting by Briony Barnett.

The Half-God of Rainfall is a collaboration between Kiln Theatre, Fuel and Birmingham Repertory Theatre and is Ellams’ next play after Barber Shop Chronicles.

For tickets for Birmingham Repertory Theatre call 0121 236 4455 or visit and for the Kiln Theatre call 020 7328 1000 or visit