Keisha Thompson (Theatre-Makers, 2021)Man on the Moon

Keisha Thompson

Fellow in 2021 for Theatre-Makers

Receiving the nomination for the first Theatre-Maker award was a blessing alone. I was genuinely stoked to be shortlisted amongst such brilliant artists. When I received the news that I was the recipient of the full award I was blown away. I could not have asked for a better start to my year. 

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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.

Her debut show I Wish I had a Mustache, saw Thompson on a Socratic journey through the history of the female beauty regime. A comedic, and at times disturbing, journey saw the protagonist investigate if she had a problem with her gender, her culture or just herself.

In addition to writing and performance, Keisha also has a passion for education and mathematics. Her recent creative education initiative DeCipher merges mathematics with poetry, with the intention to deliver fun creative maths lessons that feel like poetry workshops, dance classes or baking parties. Keisha Thompson is chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, is a fellow of the MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellowship.