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STARS:
An Afrofuturist Space Odyssey
Institute of Contemporary Arts
November 2022
An illustration by Candice Purwin of a woman's face made of constellations against a dark blue night sky
Illustration by Candice Purwin


Meet Mrs: an old lady who goes into outer space... in search of her own orgasm. Isn’t that where all orgasms go?
 
Her quest is sparked by three encounters: a young neighbour who discloses a secret, an old friend who reveals she is intersex, and a would-be lesbian lover in a launderette who offers Mrs two drops of her own pressed lavender and a smile that says ‘I handle delicates with care’. 

Told through one woman and a live DJ, with projected animation and captions, STARS is a moving and joyful, sensitive yet funny Afrofuturist odyssey that, on two late nights, transforms into a celebratory club night, with multiple DJs and accessible for all. 

A ‘concept album on stage’, the hugely original STARS is the latest jewel from internationally acclaimed theatremaker, artist and Alfred Fagon award-winner Mojisola Adebayo. Previous works include Family Tree (ATC, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, and Brixton House 2023), Nothello (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2022), Muhammad Ali and Me (2008 and 2016), I Stand Corrected (2012) and Moj of the Antarctic (2005) (Ovalhouse, London).

A Tamasha and ICA co-production.
Mojisola Adebayo (BA, MA, PhD, FRSL, FHEA) has been making theatre internationally for 30 years, 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 (Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah), Desert Boy (Albany Theatre), The Listeners (Pegasus Theatre), I Stand Corrected (Artscape, South Africa), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Wind / Rush Generation(s) (National Theatre) and Nothello (Coventry Belgrade). Publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One and Plays Two (Oberon Books) and the co-written Theatre for Development Handbook (Pan Arts). Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (Bloomsbury Methuen), co-edited with Lynette Goddard, is out in October 2022. Mojisola is a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, a mentor, Associate Artist of Black Lives Black Words, AICRE, Pan Arts and the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective and an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College. She is currently on a fellowship at the University of Potsdam, Germany, commissioned by Counterpoint Arts and is a Writer-on-Attachment to the National Theatre (UK). Mojisola’s play Family Tree won the Alfred Fagon Award for Best Play of 2021. Following work-in-progress performances at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival with ATC and Young Vic, Family Tree premieres at Belgrade Coventry and Brixton House, March 2023, (ATC). STARS premieres at the ICA before a national tour. mojisolaadebayo.co.uk
 
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07:30 pm
Thu, 13 Apr 2023
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Fri, 14 Apr 2023
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Tickets:

Previews (13 – 15 April)  £15/10

Theatre show (from 16 April)  £20/10

Theatre + Club Night (22 & 29 April)  £25/15

Club Night only (22 & 29 April)  £10
(Book separately here)


Programme:
 
Wednesday 19 April & Tuesday 25 April 2023
Post-show talks

Saturday 22 & 29 April 2023
STARS Afrofuturist Club Nights
A club that’s out of this world, featuring guest DJs and characters from the play.
 

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Mojisola Adebayo. Photo: Bettina Adela