Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon Modern Playwrights) (Paperback)

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Includes the plays Moj of the Antarctic, Desert Boy, Matt Henson: North Star and Muhammad Ali and Me

This collection signals the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the British theatre landscape. Moj of the Antarctic is inspired by the true story of an African American woman who cross-dresses as a white man to escape slavery; taken on a fantastical odyssey to Antarctica. Time Out Critics' Choice

'The language is rich and densely poetic. Reveling in the materiality and playfulness of words, cracking open complex ideas like eggshells.' - Total Theatre Magazine

Muhammad Ali and Me is a lyrical coming of age story, following the parallel struggles of a gay girl child growing up in foster care and the black Muslim boxing hero's fight against racism and the Vietnam war.

'As a piece of stagecraft, an entertaining kaleidoscope of social and political history, only one description will do: this is a play that 'floatslike a butterfly and stings like a bee.' - WhatsOnStage

Desert Boy, a time-travelling a capella musical, offers a sharp twist on the subject of knife crime, black youth and absent fathers.

'...a spiralling journey through colonial history not unlike Dante's introduction to the Inferno. The juxtapositions are sometimes startling, and often quite comic.' - Guardian

Matt Henson, North Star is a biographical tale of Arctic betrayal, mixed with Greenlandic folk tales; all about love, climate and change.

These plays queer the boundaries of sex and race, fact and fiction, history and geography, poetry and politics to illuminate contemporary themes through a dynamic African Diasporic theatrical aesthetic that leaps off the page.

About the Author

MOJISOLA ADEBAYO began performing as a street rapper in the 1980s before embarking on a formal education and training in theatre. Mojisola trained extensively with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed), performed at the Theatre of the Oppressed Festival in Rio de Janeiro, taught alongside Boal in post-apartheid South Africa. Mojisola has worked professionally in theatre over the past two decades, specialising in theatre for social change, particularly in areas of conflict and crisis. She has devised/scripted and directed over 30 plays and lead countless workshops, with companies including Cardboard Citizens, Clean Break, Heart and Soul, and Mind the...Gap.

Praise For…

"Adebayo’s startling plays blur the edges of sex and race, fact and fiction, history and geography and poetry and politics” The Stage

Product Details
ISBN: 9781849430753
ISBN-10: 1849430756
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication Date: April 17th, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Oberon Modern Playwrights