Residents

Edson Burton

Freelance

The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut is a immersive theatre show in development. The discovery of an archaic device on a lifeless planet leads an Afronaut explorer to question the origins of his/her civilization.


Edson is a writer, historian, programmer exploring themes of racial identity, post racial identity and mythology through the lens of Afrofuturism

The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut

Projects

Afronaut Femi as imagined by Drojan Visuals

The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut

An immersive theatre piece exploring decolonised identities, mythologies, cultural syncretism, ghosts, exodus & environmental collapse.

Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, Cultural continuities between Africa & the New World. He has been a consultant and coordinator for a range of HLF and Arts Council history projects in Bristol including most recently a study of Bristol's Old Market ward Vice & Virtue (2014).

Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet (Seasoned 2008) and writer for theatre and radio. His Radio dramas, the Armour of Immanuel (2007), the Chosen One (2009), have been Radio Four's pick of the week. A long standing associate of Bristol's Watershed Cinema Edson has curated the highly regarded Afrofuturist season (2014) which formed part of the BFI'S Fear and Wonder Sc-Fi season.

Since then he has become an active member of South West West Midlands Hub programming iniative Come the Revolution.

This residency marks completely new departure for Edson – being both massively exciting and full of possibilities. It is a chance to transform an unusual idea, through collaboration into an immersive experience. 


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