Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey

Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey

Mojisola Adebayo performs her one woman show inspired by the real life story of Ellen Craft, an African-American slave who escaped to freedom by disguising herself as a white man, becoming the first black woman to set foot on Antarctica.

Created following a recent trip to the frozen continent, Moj of the Antarctic brings together a collective of artists including original work by acclaimed visual artist, Del LaGrace Volcano, directed by choreographer Sheron Wray and music by composer Juwon Ogungbe and DJ Felony D. Working collaboratively for the first time, the show fuses live performance, music and photographic projections to explore a forgotten gem of black history.

Moj extends Ellen Craft’s inspiring biography, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, into a flight of theatrical fantasy, drawing inspiration from contemporary drag performance and vaudeville transvestism. The show also addresses current ecological issues surrounding global warming, Antarctic melting and coastal erosion of historical slave sites in Africa.

Mojisola Adebayo is a performer, writer and director. Her career spans street rap theatre and pantomime, physical theatre, large-scale site-specific events, television and performance poetry. Her acting credits include Visible (RSC/Cardboard Citizens), The Bill (Thames) and The Clinic (RTE). She currently stars in RTE’s Fair City. She has also directed over thirty UK productions including Tales of the Emerald City (Showhow).

Del LaGrace Volcano is a prolific and celebrated queer photographer and film-maker whose work focuses on sexuality and gender. Previous published work includes Love Bites, The Drag King Book, Sublime Mutations and Sex Works.

theMIX offers some of the most exciting up-and-coming theatre companies in Britain today an opportunity to showcase their work in the Lyric Studio as well as providing them with a range of artistic, technical and administrative support. theMIX season is made possible by the support of Deutsche Bank.

Written and performed by Mojisola Adebayo

Visual Art by Del LaGrace Volcano

Directed by Sheron Wray

Designed by Rajha Shakiry

Composed by Juwon Ogungbe

Lighting Design Crin Claxton

Region: All
Start Date: 14/11/2006
End Date: 18/11/2006
Start Time: 20:00
Venue: Lyric Studio Hammersmith
Venue Address: Lyric Square, King Street, London
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Specified
Press Tickets:
Name: Josephine Rodrigues