“Man on the Moon is a poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling”
“leaves you feeling like you have been chatting with a friend”
“Man on the Moon is one of the most assured and resonant pieces of solo performances I have seen in a long time. Keisha Thompson is an artist of enormous talent, and her new show is profoundly personal, touchingly funny and arrestingly relevant.”
Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world. This truth-infused narrative sees the protagonist follow a trail of breadcrumbs that lead her to a number of check-points: cultural displacement, religious confusions, political paranoia, misplaced masculinity and more.
With the use of poetry, looped sounds and story-telling, this piece explores the impact that mental health can have on the family dynamic, particularly within the context of the Black British experience. Prepare to jump from Manchester to the Moon as this story reaches for those answers that can often feel out of reach.
Man on the Moon is an exploration of fatherhood within the Black British experience, written and performed by Keisha Thompson and directed by Benji Reid. Using her unconventional relationship with her father, Keisha grapples with the various influences or barriers to them understanding each other and how that has impacted her identity as a Black British female.
“In the last few years my work has focused on gender politics but now I’m delving into the topic of race. I want to be explicit about exploring the topic of Black Britishness. This is really important now, especially since the rhetoric around “otherness” within the British agenda is quite worrying at present.”
Writer and performer:
Lighting Design & Production Manager:
Yusra Warsarma, Ruby-Ann Paterson & Jack ‘Hobbit’ Hobbs
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Co-commissioned by STUN and Contact.
Supported by Arts Council England, Apples & Snakes and Slate