Mojisola Adebayo is a Black British Berlin-based theatre artist who has worked on theatre and performance projects internationally from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. She is a playwright, performer, director, producer, workshop facilitator and lecturer.
Over the past 25 years she has performed in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays. Her own plays include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey, Muhammad Ali and Me, and I Stand Corrected. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she is currently on a research fellowship exploring theatre, literature, environmental racism and climate justice at University of Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
In 2021 Counterpoints Arts commissioned Leaves From A Family Tree in Berlin as part of our Across Borders programme.
In 1951 Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer descended from enslaved people, had cells taken without her knowledge for medical research. Seventy years later, even after her death, they are still multiplying and continue to be used in laboratories all over the world.
This new performance by Mojisola Adebayo, developed for the outdoors space with the ZK/U Berlin and directed by Matthew Xia, explored this incredible story.
Henrietta Lacks’ life, body and legacy have affected millions of us, yet most have never heard her name. The performance seeks to draw a map on which her name is placed.
The work was produced by Natasha Davis for Counterpoints Arts in connection to a project commissioned by Actors Touring Company (ATC) and the Young Vic.
Photo credit: Benjamin Renter