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Mojisola Adebayo

Adebayo is a playwright, performer, director, producer, workshop leader and lecturer. Of Nigerian and Danish origin, the South London-born Adebayo obtained aMasters in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway and the University of Surrey. Currently she is a part-time Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre Practices and Dramaturgy at Goldsmith University of London.

She has written the scripts of more than 30 plays. Her career as a playwright took off with the production of Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey. The play, which she had researched on Antarctica earlier that year, was performed at Lyric Hammersmith, Oval House Theatre, Queer up North and had a British Council African tour. She followed this with Muhammad Ali and Me (Oval House) and Matt Henson, North Star (Lyric Hammersmith). Desert Boy was her first commissioned play. In partnership with Ashtar Theatre Palestine, her play 48 Minutes for Palestine has been touring across the world since 2010. The Listeners, a play for young actors, premiered in 2012.


In 2011 Oberon Books published her collection Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One, which includes the plays Desert Boy, Matt Henson: North Star, Muhammad Ali and Me, and Moj of the Antarctic. She has obtained funding and support from the Arts Council England and the British Council for several of her projects.


Adebayo, Mojisola. "48 Minutes for Palestine." Theatre in Pieces: An Anthology of Experimental Theatre from 1968-2010, edited by Anna Furse, Bloomsbury Methuen, 2011.

Adebayo, Mojisola. "Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey." Hidden Gems, edited by Deirdre Osborne, Oberon Books, 2008, pp. 149–190.


Adebayo, Mojisola. Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One. Oberon Books, 2011.

Adebayo, Mojisola. "Muhammad Ali and Me." Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One, Oberon Books, 2011, pp. 65–156.

Adebayo, Mojisola, John Martin, and Manisha Mehta. The Theatre for Development Handbook, Pan Intercultural Arts, 2010. Accessed 22 May 2017.

Hickling, Alfred. “Desert Boy.” The Guardian, 27 March 2010.

Osborne, Deirdre. "Skin Deep, a Self-Revealing Act: Monologue, Monodrama, and Mixedness in the Work of SuAndi and Mojisola Adebayo." JCDE: The Journal of Contemporary Drama in English,vol. 1, no. 1, 2013, pp. 54–69. EBSCOhost, Accessed 28 January 2020.

Scafe, Suzanne. "Performing Ellen: Mojisola Adebayo’s Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (2008) and Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; Or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery (1860)." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ​Sept.2019. EBSCOhost, Accessed 28 January 2020.