Man on the Moon - Review
By Student Ambassador, Charlie Ayers.
Man on the Moon was an exploration of fatherhood within the Black British experience, a one women show, written and performed by Keisha Thomson and directed by Benji Reid. Her play takes the audience on a journey through space and time, fuelled by love and fear whilst grappling with various different influences and barriers.
Beginning with a pre-show numerological chart test, Keisha involves the audience from the beginning welcoming them into her world.
This soulful performance follows Keisha’s life, her unconventional communication with her father, subsequently forcing her into the path of cultural displacement, religious confusions and political paranoia. Her relationship with her reclusive father is built through books, letters and notes. However, when these come to a halt she is required to venture into his world and explore his life.
This show was different from others, with the lights being raised throughout the majority of the performance, allowing the audience to be welcomed to a friendly warm show with a conversational and intimate feel. However, when quieter more socially hushed topics arose the lights began to dim to a cold blue hue, surrounding Keisha giving the feel that her thoughts, of depression and suicide weren’t appropriate for the audience or society.
Supported by her own music and singing this captivating yet soft spoken word performance allowed the audience to imagine every element of her story which was eloquently described. Furthermore, what was enjoyable about this show is that it discussed real-life problems and subjects, following the themes of loss, family and the desperate need for love, it was play easily understood by all in the theatre.
The stage mainly consisted of large piles of books which where multi-purposeful; a phone, a can of soup or a bus pass. Nevertheless, this simple set quickly transformed into a rocket ship, a bus stop or her bedroom.
The end of the play leaves the audience thinking, about their family, friends, whoever they care for most. This poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling is not to be missed and is even followed by a post-show discussion for those wanting more.