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A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

By Sami Ibrahim
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839041112, 88 pages, August 2022


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 faraway land. She is searching for sanctuary. And this is what we call a "hostile environment."

Sami Ibrahim's play A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain is a poetic fable about an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own. It premiered in Paines Plough's Roundabout in 2022, including a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as a co-production between Paines Plough and Rose Theatre, Kingston, in association with the Gate Theatre, London.


"Resonant, at once recognisable and heightened... a modern-day story of emigration [that] has no happily ever after certainty."

- Guardian

"A slyly told story, one which is buoyantly playful and yet undercut with sadness... a lovely show and a sobering one."

- Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

"A stunning, devastating excoriation of the Home Office's hostile environment policy that never forgets the human lives at its core."

- Observer

"A captivating story... powerful, heart-wrenching and mesmeric."

- The Skinny