This is a play about the British Isles, its past and its present. Set in a senior common room, in a prominent university, a group of 1st year undergraduates are troubled, not by the weight of their workload, but by a ‘noisy’ ghost. So they do what any group self-respecting and intelligent university students would do in such a situation – they get out the Ouija Board to confront their spiritual irritant and lay them to rest – only to be confronted by the full weight of Britain’s colonial past – in all its gory glory.
However, if you think you know about British history, Empire, slavery, economics, racism and humanity, then this play might get you to think again. As the planch on the Ouija Board skates from letter to letter at an ever-increasing breakneck speed, the students are catapulted through space and time, witnessing the injustices, incongruities and inhumanity of the past. This is a smorgasbord of genres and styles. Fusing naturalism, with physical theatre, spoken-word, absurdism, poetry and direct address – this is event-theatre that whips along with the grace, pace and hypnotic magnetism of a hurricane.
Cast size: minimum ensemble of 8 (with a core group of 6) or up to 30, ideally with a mixture of genders.
Most suitable for ages 15+.
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Mojisola Adebayo BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FRSL, has worked in theatre, radio and television, over the past two decades, performing in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays and leading countless workshops, worldwide, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Publications include her plays which include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey, Muhammad Ali and Me and Matt Henson: North Star in Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon), 48 Minutes for Palestine in Theatre in Pieces (Methuen), The Theatre for Development Handbook (with John Martin and Manisha Mehta, available through pan-arts.net) and several academic chapters. Mojisola Adebayo: Plays Two (Oberon) featuring STARS, I Stand Corrected, Oranges and Stones and The Interrogation of Sandra Bland, is out in Autumn 2019.
Mojisola is an Associate Artist with Pan Arts, Black Lives, Black Words and Building the Anti-Racist Classroom, a Visiting Artist at Rose Bruford College and Goldsmiths and a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her next play STARS will be staged in 2020/21. She is currently working on Wind / Rush Generation(s) for the National Theatre. Her next project is White Climate. See mojisolaadebayo.co.uk for more.