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19 Oct - 5 Nov 2022

19:30, 14:30

A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

A Gate Theatre, Paines Plough and Rose Theatre production.

A poetic fable of an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own.

‘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.


From award-winning playwright Sami Ibrahim, a poetic fable of an impenetrable immigration system that mirrors our own. Directed by Gate Theatre's Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji. A Gate Theatre production, in association with Paines Plough and Rose Theatre.


Estimated running time

Performance times

19:30, 14:30

Ticket prices

£18, with concessions


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

Content guidance: swearing; references to sex, death, murder.


PWYC Performance: Saturday 22 October, 2.30pm


Audio-Described Performance: Tuesday 25 October, 7.30pm


A touch tour is available before the audio-described performance on Tuesday 25 October (get in touch to book)


Captioned Performance: Wednesday 26 October, 7.30pm


Supporters’ Night: Thursday


Relaxed Performance: Monday 31 October, 7.30pm


To book - visit the Gate Theatre's website here.

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