Man on the Moon co-commission by Contact and STUN

Keisha Thompson


Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer. She makes socially engaged work that often interrogates taboo subjects. Her debut book, Lunar, features her poetry as well as the Man on the Moon script. She is Young People’s Producer at Contact, a leading venue that places young people at the heart of its activity, and Chair of Future’s Venture Foundation, a radical arts funding body. She was selected to be part of Leaders of Tomorrow, a scheme that prepares UK theatre practitioners from minority ethnic backgrounds for future leadership roles.

Man on the Moon is a poignant, witty and accessible solo show performed by Thompson. It's a personal and powerful work that tackles her father's mental health problems and their effect on the father-daughter relationship. Exploring black Britishness, the piece is made against a background where minority ethnic people are overrepresented in mental health institutions yet underrepresented as mental health practitioners. With poetry, looped sounds and storytelling, Thompson tells of cultural displacement, religious confusions and political paranoia; investigating masculinity, mental health and the family. Moonwhile, a poetic EP based on the show, was recently released online.

Man on the Moon is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

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

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

“A stunning and simple performance that doesn’t need anything but its words and story to stop you in your tracks" State of the Arts


Production details

  • Writer

    Keisha Thompson
  • Director

    Benji Reid
  • Designer

    Lighting Designer: Andrew Crofts, Sound Designer: Andrew Wong, Set Designer: Jim Bond
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    900 kg and 150 cubic feet

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2019 until the end of 2020
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 5m x 3m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Production dates

    20–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    75 MINS
  • Audience capacity




During the run of the show, Keisha has delivered post-show discussions, workshops on poetry, performance, loop pedalling, story-telling and devising biographical solo work. She is open to doing lectures/talks. This summer, she will also be testing a afro-futuristic pub quiz as a post-show activity.