Man On The Moon

Dates and Times

Tue 12 - Wed 13 Dec at 7pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Presented by Keisha Thompson, directed by Benji Reid


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 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.


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

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

“Leaves you feeling like you have been chatting with a friend rather than watching a play.” ★★★★ Manchester Theatre Awards

“This is a truly stellar show about how some emotional relationships can seem as unreachable as the Moon.” Live Art Alive

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

“This is a performance that also gives a fascinating insight into the complications of racial- and religious-identity politics” GM Reviewer

Co-commissioned by STUN and Contact. Supported by Arts Council England, Apples & Snakes and Slate.

Check out Keisha Thompson’s latest blog post about the significance of numbers in her life as well as her work.

About the artist

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performer and singer who has been writing since her primary school days. By age 16 she had been published in three anthologies and has supported artists such as Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and Kate Tempest.

She has continued to publish and perform her work at various local, national and international venues as a solo artist and as a part of poetry collectives Young Identity and Inna Voice.

In 2012, Keisha wrote feminist solo show I Wish I had a Moustache which she has presented at Contact Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, STUN and Belgrade Theatre. In 2014, she released her debut EP, Abecedarian. In 2015, she was commissioned to write a poem from Plan International’s global campaign for International Day of the Girl 2015, titled Yet. In 2016, she was commissioned by BBC Radio to represent Manchester for National Poetry Day.

Image credit Benji Reid

Listen to her music | Watch her poetry@Keke_Thom

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