Keisha Thompson (GB) / copresented by Contact

English spoken
spoken word


Ricocheting between themes of love, masculinity, forgiveness and cultural displacement, poet Keisha Thompson presents a vividly imagined Afrofuturistic performance that ripples with looped sound and sweeping waves of Neo-Soul.

Brought to life through songs from her show Man on the Moon, Thompson pieces together a delicately autobiographical story navigating the space between herself and her socially withdrawn father. Exploring the complex world of their orbiting relationship, Moonwhile deconstructs the impact of mental health on family dynamic, particularly within the context of the Black British experience.

'Her words strike, dance, lie down and dissipate, crashing against each other and building the portrait of a man whose entirety no language alone will ever capture.'  Art-Africa about Thompons book Lunar with texts from her performance Moonwhile.

text by Keisha Thompson music by Keisha Thompson, Andrew Wong & Bonnie Schwarz



Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently touring award-winning solo show, Man on the Moon. Her debut book, Lunar, features her poetry in addition to the show script. She has supported artists such as Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, The Last Poets, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and has performed in Brave New Voices festivals 2008 & 2009. Moonwhile – released as a poetic EP as well - is available to stream/download here.