Following a seed commission from Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) in 2016, Keisha secured a co-commission from STUN and Contact. The show has also received support from Arts Council England, Apples & Snakes and Slate.
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.
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.
A development of a book is also in process – supported and published by Commonword. This book will include the show script and a series of poems and essays.