Keisha Thompson: Moonwhile

07th June 2019 19:30
St Pancras Room, Kings Place
90 York Way

This event is part of Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2019

Ricocheting between themes of love, masculinity, forgiveness and cultural displacement, poet Keisha Thompson with cellist Bonnie Schwarz presents a vividly imagined Afrofuturistic performance that ripples with looped sound and sweeping waves of Neo-Soul. Brought to life through songs from her show Man on the Moon, Thompson pieces together a delicately autobiographical story navigating the space between herself and her socially withdrawn father. Exploring the complex world of their orbiting relationship, Moonwhile deconstructs the impact of mental health on family dynamic, particularly within the context of the Black British experience.

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently touring award-winning solo show, Man on the Moon. Her debut book, Lunar, features her poetry in addition to the show script. She is also the Young People’s Producer at Contact, chair of radical arts funding body, Future Ventures’ Fund, is a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group and is on the Leaders of Tomorrow scheme led by ITC and RTYDS. She has supported artists such as Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, The Last Poets, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and has performed in Brave New Voices festivals 2008 & 2009.

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