Mojisola Adebayo

WRITER

Prof. Mojisola Adebayo (BA, MA, PhD, FRSL, FHEA) is a playwright, performer, director, producer, mentor, workshop facilitator and teacher who has been making theatre for social justice for over 30 years, worldwide, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.  

Mojisola’s own plays include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith); Muhammad Ali and Me (Ovalhouse); 48 Minutes for Palestine / Oranges and Stones (Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah); Desert Boy (Nitro / Albany Theatre); The Listeners (Pegasus Theatre); I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town); The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre); Wind / Rush Generation(s) (National Theatre: Connections); Nothello (Coventry Belgrade Theatre) and Family Tree (Actors Touring Company / Belgrade Theatre / Brixton House), which won the Alfred Fagon Award for Best Play of 2021.

STARS (Tamasha Theatre Company / Institute of Contemporary Arts) was developed on a residency with idle women, shortlisted for the George Devine Award 2022, is nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards including Best Play, premiered at ICA London in April 2023, and tours nationally May-June 2023.

Oranges and Stones, co-devised and directed by Mojisola, has been touring the world with Ashtar Theatre for the past 12 years (including across Brazil, Britain, Germany, Palestine, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey…) and is still going strong.

Mojisola’s widely studied publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One and Plays Two, Wind / Rush Generation(s) in NT Connections: 2020; Family Tree, STARS and Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre which was co-edited with Lynette Goddard (all published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama); The Theatre for Development Handbook, co-written with John Martin and Manisha Mehta (Pan Arts) and various academic chapters. 

Mojisola… is the first Black woman to perform on Antarctica; the first Black theatre artist to be invited to speak in the German Bundestag (Parliament); staged the first Black lesbian kiss in a play in Britain; South Africa and Singapore; and is the first Black playwright to have two new plays running and touring the UK simultaneously.

Mojisola teaches at Queen Mary, University of London, is an Associate Artist of Black Lives Black Words, AICRE, Pan Arts, the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective and an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College.  Mojisola is currently on a research fellowship at University of Potsdam, Germany and is a Writer-on-Attachment to the National Theatre (UK). 

AWARDS

Alfred Fagon Award

FAMILY TREE – Best Play 2021

OFFIES LONDON

STARS – Best Play 2024

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THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

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My Brilliant FriendNational Theatre2019
Mr Gum & The Dancing BearNational Theatre2019
A Midsummer Night's DreamGlobe Theatre2019
Mother Courage And Her ChildrenRoyal Exchange Theatre2019
PericlesNational Theatre2018
Love Labour's LostGlobe Theatre2018
A Clockwork OrangeLiverpool Everyman2018
The Big I AmLiverpool Everyman2018
Romeo and JulietLiverpool Everyman2017
The Conquest of the South PoleLiverpool Everyman2017
My Brilliant FriendRose Theatre, Kingston2017
The Two Gentleman of VeronaGlobe Theatre & UK Tour2017
Boys Will Be BoysHeadlong and Bush Theatre2017
The OdysseyEnglish Touring Theatre2016
ShibbolethThe Abbey Theatre2016
The Rolling StoneRoyal Exchange Theatre & West Yorkshire Playhouse2016
A Midsummer Night's DreamLiverpool Everyman & Playhouse2015

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OPERA CREDITS

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