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Mojisola Adebayo

   
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Matt Henson: North Star
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2012
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Matt Henson: North Star was written following a research trip to Greenland with Cape Farewell. It tells the story of Matthew Henson, the first man, a black man, to reach the North Pole. Henson's achievement was denied by Robert Peary who claimed to have been the first person to reach the pole.

It is a story of love, loss and broken friendship, a tale of Arctic betrayal and an allegory for climate responsibility.

It was presented at a rehearsed reading at Lyric Hammersmith in 2012 and is published in Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One by Oberon Books (2011).

photo: Del La Grace Volcano

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Matt Henson
Matt Henson: North Star

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Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey
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2006 - 2008
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Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey by Mojisola Adebayo and the Antarctic Collective, is inspired by the story of Ellen Craft, a 19th century African-American slave woman who escaped to freedom by disguising herself as a white man.

The play extends Craft’s story into a theatrical fantasy. On arriving in Victorian London, she finds work as a sailor on a whaling ship bound for the Southern Seas. When the ship arrives in Antarctic waters, Moj becomes the first black woman to step foot in Antarctica.

Moj of the Antarctic is also an ecological exploration, highlighting important connections between Antarctica, climate change, famine and the coastal erosion of historical slave sites in Africa.

The production incorporates video, text, dance, music, storytelling, song and original photography created for the piece on location in Antarctica by queer visual artist Del LaGrace Volcano.
moj of the antarctic

Moj of the Antarctic launched its British Council South Africa Tour in 2008, with a return to the Oval House Theatre (Downstairs), London, in May 2008. It was first performed at the Oval in 2007 and the Lyric Hammersmith, London in 2006.

Mojisola Adebayo collaborates with British and international artists from a variety of different disciplines to create new text-based physical theatre performed within a broad African aesthetic to explore contemporary issues such as climate change, racism, perceptions of Islam and the Middle East.

Ellen Craft and William Craft's autobiography, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, is published by BiblioBazaar Books (2007).

photo: Del La Grace Volcano

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