Man on the Moon

By Keisha Thompson

Thursday 5 March 2020, 7.45pm

Neville Studio - £12

Ages 12+ - approx 90 mins (no interval)


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.

Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performer and singer who has been writing since her primary school days. She has supported artists such as Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and Kate Tempest.

Creative Team

Writer and Performer Keisha Thompson
Director Benji Reid
Set Designer & Maker Jim Bond
Lighting Designer Andrew Crofts
Sound Designer Andrew Wong
Creative Mentor (script writing) Yusra Warsarma
Creative Mentor (song writing) Ruby-Ann Patterson
Creative Mentor (loop pedal) Hobbit
Co-Producers/Tour Bookers Reece Williams & Keisha Thompson

Commissioned by STUN and Contact
Supported by Apples & Snakes, Slate and by public funding through Arts Council England

Dates & Times

Man on the Moon - Thu 5 Mar 7:45pm Thu 5 Mar Neville Studio 7:45pm £12


Best Studio Production – Manchester Theatre Awards 2018

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

★★★★½ “Man on the Moon is a remarkable achievement”
Reviews Hub

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

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

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

“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.”
John McGrath, Director, Manchester International Festival

“You don’t have to go to the cinema to experience how beautiful Afrofuturism can be – Keisha Thompson’s voice, whether singing or taking us through her lyrical journey to connect with her troubled father, will take you there, via the moon.”
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.”
Brian Lobel, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow

Cast and Crew

Name Role
Keisha Thompson Writer and Performer
Benji Reid Director
Jim Bond Set Designer & Maker
Andrew Crofts Lighting Designer
Andrew Wong Sound Designer
Yusra Warsarma Creative Mentor (script writing)
Ruby-Ann Patterson Creative Mentor (song

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