January 29, 2018 by mojisolaadebayohotmailcom
I am thrilled to have completed not only tax return and my PhD thesis 😉 but also the first draft of my new play, STARS with support from Arts Council England, idle women and Queen Mary, University of London. STARS is a new play and concept album for the stage, performed by one actor (lucky me) in collaboration with music producer and live DJ (DeboA of Mix ‘n’ Sync) plus animation (by Candice Purwin) that tells the story of an old lady who travels into outer space… in search of her own orgasm. The play poetically explores the power and politics of pleasure for women, girls and intersex people. It questions why millions of people are unable to reach the heights of sexual pleasure as a result of sexual trauma, genital mutilation, traditional harmful practices and surgical interventions that continue to this day on every inhabited continent. STARS poetically and dramatically connects the theme of female pleasure with space travel. The show will be created in collaboration with a team of amazing artists, produced and published in full in London, 2018-20. We will have a sneak preview at Ovalhouse Theatre on June 30th see http://www.ovalhouse.com and watch this space!
I am thrilled to announce that an extract of STARS appears in a new edited anthology Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and edited by the fabulous experimental novelist, Isabel Waidner. Click this link for details:
STARS is my latest Afriquia Theatre production. You can hear me present and share extracts from my other Afriquia plays and collaborations at the following events:
Queer at Kings, University of London, 8 February –
Queerying Space: Transnational Perspectives at Oxford University, 28 February –
And if you are really keen, I am also speaking as a Visiting Artist at University of Wisconsin, Madison 21 February by invitation of the magical Dr Sheron Wray – director of Muhammad Ali and Me, Moj of the Antarctic and STARS!
Hope to see you in London or stateside!
Dr Moj 😉