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Mojisola Adebayo began performing as a street rapper in the 1980’s before embarking on a formal education and training in theatre. Mojisola trained extensively with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed), performed at the Theatre of the Oppressed Festival in Rio de Janeiro, taught alongside Boal in post-apartheid South Africa. Mojisola has worked professionally in theatre over the past two decades, specialising in theatre for social change, particularly in areas of conflict and crisis. She has devised/scripted and directed over 30 plays and lead countless workshops, with companies including Cardboard Citizens, Clean Break, Heart and Soul, and Mind the…Gap.

Adebayo: Collected Plays
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Adebayo: Collected Plays

Moj of the Antarctic / Desert Boy / Matt Henson: North Star / Muhammad Ali and Me

Mojisola Adebayo
 
This collection of plays from Mojisola Adebayo, actor, writer, director, producer, workshop facilitator and teacher, signals the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the British theatre landscape. 

Plays included in this collection are:

Moj of the Antarctic  
Inspired by the true story of an African American woman who cross-dresses as a white man to escape slavery; taken on a fantastical odyssey to Antarctica.

Desert Boy
A time-travelling a capella muscial, offers a sharp twist on the subject of knife crime, black youth and absent fathers.

Matt Henson, North Star 
A biographical tale of Arctic betrayal, mixed with Greenlandic folk tales; all about love, climate and change.

Muhammad Ali and Me  
A lyrical coming of age story, following the parallel struggles of a gay girl growing up in foster care and a black Muslim boxing hero’s fight against racism and the Vietnam war.

These plays queer the boundaries of sex and race, fact and fiction, history and geography, poetry and politics to illuminate contemporary themes through a dynamic African Diasporic theatrical aesthetic that leaps off the page.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-075-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB