‘We all live under the same sky.
It’s just that, beneath that sky, there’s some arsehole saying “don’t stand here, stand over there and shut your mouth”.’
Elif shears sheep for a rich landowner. Every other waking hour she spends queuing outside the palace, hoping that the King will let her live within the city walls.
She comes from a far-away land.
She is searching for sanctuary.
And this is what we call a hostile environment.
A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain from award-winning playwright Sami Ibrahim is a poetic fable of an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own. Directed by Gate Theatre’s Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji.
A Paines Plough and Rose Theatre production, in association with Gate Theatre
Age guidance: 12+
Running time: 70 minutes
Content warning: swearing; references to sex, death, murder.