The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut
Dr Edson Burton
An immersive theatre piece exploring decolonised identities, mythologies, cultural syncretism, ghosts, exodus & environmental collapse.
Set a millenia and some in the future, The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut is an immersive theatre piece in which protagonist Afronaut Femi travels through space in search of life on other planets. After landing on a desolate world she recreates the last survivor Maya, an extra-terrestrial the like of which she has never seen before, a White girl. What they learn about and from each other, irrevocably alters who they are.
The Last Blues Song is at an idea which I first imagined in 2013. Becoming Watershed's Artist in Residence has given me the opportunity to experiment and kick start a long held ambition to turn this idea into a full scale piece theatre piece. The residency could not have come at a more perfect moment in my life. With support from Watershed and the Studio community, I have brought together a talented team of collaborators, explored the shape of the project and looked at what technologies could support the storytelling. The Residency has raised the bar on my practice, and accelerated my self development at a perfect time in my career.