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Man on the Moon

Monochrome photo of Keisha Thompson in a jet fighter's helmet
Lives of Colour
In association with Lives Of Colour for Black History Month Gloucestershire.

Man on the Moon

By Keisha Thompson
Directed by Benji Reid

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7.30pm
Gloucester Guildhall
Tickets: £12/£7

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The award-winning Man on the Moon is a journey through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism.

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.


Best Studio Production – Manchester Theatre Awards 2018

Reviews Hub 4.5/5: “Man on the Moon is a remarkable achievement”

The Stage: ★★★★ “Man on the Moon is a poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling”

Manchester Theatre Awards: ★★★★ “leaves you feeling like you have been chatting with a friend”

Quiet Man Dave: “brilliantly written and well-structured narrative on a fascinating subject”

State of the Arts: “A stunning and simple performance that doesn’t need anything but its words and story to stop you in your tracks.”

John McGrath – Director, Manchester International Festival: “Man on the Moon is one of the most assured and resonant pieces of solo performance 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.”

Cheryl Martin, Co-Director, Black Gold Festival: “Keisha is brilliant, as is Man on the Moon. Warm. Generous. Vulnerable. I could listen to her share her words for days.”

Age recommendation: 12+

This event is part of the ‘Earth to Moon’ season – a city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings


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