Mojisola Adebayo BA (hons), MA, PhD, FRSL, is a Black British performer, playwright, director, producer, workshop leader and teacher. of Nigerian (Yoruba) and Danish heritage. Over the past 25 years, she has worked on various theatre and performance projects in Antarctica, Botswana, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, India, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Malawi, Mauritius, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, the USA and Zimbabwe. She has acted in over 50 theatre, television and radio productions, devised and directed over 30 scripts for stage and video and has lead countless workshops and training courses.

Her wide and diverse work has ranged from being an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company to co-founding VIDYA, a slum dweller’s theatre company in Ahmedabad, India. All of her work is concerned with power, identity, personal and social change. Having trained extensively with and also worked alongside Augusto Boal, she is a specialist facilitator in Theatre of the Oppressed, being invited to work particularly in areas of conflict and crisis. Mojisola also teaches in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and she also taught in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London and at Rose Bruford College. She is an associate artist with Pan Arts, Building the Anti-Racist Classroom and Black Lives, Black Words. She mentors young and emerging artists. Mojisola has a Research Fellowship at Potsdam University until September 2023 and is currently a Writer-on-Attachment at the National Theatre (Britain).

Mojisola has written poetry for many years and even had a stint as a teenage rapper. However, it was in 2005 that she embarked upon writing plays as her primary focus, through her landmark production, Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey, which was researched on Antarctica in 2005 and performed at Lyric Hammersmith, Ovalhouse Theatre, Queer up North and had a British Council African tour. She followed this with the hugely popular Muhammad Ali and Me (2008, Ovalhouse and Albany theatre with national tour 2016) in which she also performed. Matt Henson, North Star was developed in Greenland through Cape Farewell (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010).

Her first commission was Desert Boy (Nitro, Albany and national tour, 2011). The Listeners, a play for young actors, commissioned by Pegasus Theatre Company, in partnership with The Samaritans (Oxford) premiered in March 2012. She was Writer-on-Attachment with Unicorn and Birmingham Rep where she wrote Asara and the Sea-Monstress, her first play for children, also staged for a reading at Albany in 2014.

She co-created, co-directed, performed in and wrote I Stand Corrected, a collaboration with Mamela Nyamza and her most successful production to date. Commissioned by Artscape, South Africa, premiered in Cape Town in August 2012. I Stand Corrected received rave reviews and six award nominations at Ovalhouse, London in 2012 and was a hit in Soweto in 2013 and Singapore in 2014. I Stand Corrected is the subject of various documentaries, international conference presentations and academic papers.

She co-devised, scripted and directed Sweet Taboo for TYPT:13 of Talawa Theatre Company in 2013 and later adapted the script it for screen. 48 Minutes for Palestine, a collaboration she devised, scripted and directed for Ashtar Theatre Palestine has been touring all over the world (Brazil, Germany, Jordan, Norway, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA so far). 48 Minutes for Palestine is published in Anna Furse’s edited collection Theatre in Pieces: An Anthology of Experimental Theatre from 1968-2010 (Methuen).

Mojisola’s other publications include The Theatre for Development Handbook with John Martin and Manisha Mehta, based on their work with VIDYA (order at, all proceeds go to the VIDYA charitable trust). Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey is published in Deirdre Osborne’s edited collection Hidden Gems (Oberon Books, 2010). Academic chapters Mojisola has written include ‘Devising Moj of the Antarctic with the Living and the Dead’ in Sue Broadhurst and Josephine Machon (eds) Sensualities/Textualities and Technologies: Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance (Palgrave, 2012), ‘Revolutionary Beauty out of Homophobic Hate: A Reflection on I Stand Corrected’ in Gareth White (ed) Applied Theatre: Aesthetics (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2015) and ‘Everything I know about blackness I learnt from queerness’ in Alyson Campbell and Stephen Farrier (eds) Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave, 2015).

Her first solo collection Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One was published by Oberon Books in 2011 and Plays Two came out in 2019. Order Plays One and Two here: She completed her first commission for the National Theatre (Britain) entitled Wind Rush Generation(s), published in Connections 2020 by Bloomsbury Methuen which performing in 2021. Family Tree (commissioned by Actors Touring Company and Young Vic Theatre) and Leaves from Family Tree (Counterpoints Arts), had work-in-progress performances at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and ZK/U Berlin, in August 2021. Family Tree won the Alfred Fagon Award for best play in 2021 and premieres in 2023 (venue tbc). Nothello commissioned by Belgrade Theatre Coventry premiered in May 2022 to wide acclaim. Her co-edited book Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (Bloomsbury Methuen) is out in 2022. STARS premieres at ICA London in Spring 2023.


Mojisola Adebayo: Plays Two

Plays Two…

“The plays collected here showcase Adebayo’s varied talents through her unflinching political writing about race, gender, sex and sexuality, feminist history and politics. With settings spanning from South Africa to the Middle East, the United States, a mythical kingdom, South London and outer space, the five plays included are:

I Stand Corrected
Asara and the Sea-Monstress
Oranges and Stones (previously 48 Minutes for Palestine)
The Interrogation of Sandra Bland

Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One

Mojisola Adebayo Plays One

Plays One is…

A collection of plays from Mojisola Adebayo, actor, writer, director, producer, workshop facilitator and teacher.

Plays included in this collection are:

Desert Boy
Matt Henson: North Star
Muhammad Ali and Me
Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey