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Keisha Thompson (Theatre-Makers, 2021)Girl GangPhoto by Annie Feng

Keisha Thompson

Finalist in 2021 for Theatre-Makers

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer, whose recent award-winning solo show Man on the Moon follows Thompson’s communications with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. When the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world, and 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.

Debut show I Wish I had a Mustache saw Thompson on a Socratic journey through the history of the female beauty regime. A comedic, at times disturbing, journey saw the protagonist investigate if she had a problem with her gender, her culture or just herself. Her recent creative education initiative DeCipher, challenges how young people are often taught to think in binary terms: you’re either one thing or the other. Thompson merges mathematics with poetry, with the intention to deliver fun creative maths lessons that feel like poetry workshops or dance classes or baking parties.

Keisha Thompson is currently chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, is a fellow of the MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellowship and is a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group. She has supported artists such as Kae Tempest, Hollie McNish, The Last Poets, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and has performed at Brave New Voices festival. Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, Blue Dot Festival and the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh.