Death and the King(‘s Horseman)

Intermission is hosting creative and critical responses to select shows from Soulpepper’s Around the World in 80 Plays as a part of the Taking on the World mentorship program for emerging IBPOC artists and arts writersTaking on the World is a partnership between Intermission, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Brock University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Windsor, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

This piece tracks my process of understanding. Where what I know turns out is not nearly enough. Sit with me as I learn from my mother and my aunties. As I connect my histories to worlds I already know.
Semi-autobiographical. Mostly educational. Feel free to take breaks, I know I had to.
Thank you to my mother, Adepeju King, her older sister: Adenike Adedoyin Ajayi & the eldest daughter: Moradeun Adedoyin-Solarin.
& to myself, really.

Around the World in 80 Plays runs until June 30 on Soulpepper’s website. For tickets and more information, click here.


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Kemi King (she/her) is a writer, director, performance artist and devisor. Some of her work has been produced by Obsidian, and Canadian Stage. She has created and performed works with Soulpepper Theatre and as a part of the Paprika Festival. She is currently studying and exploring performance at Queen’s University with a major in drama and a minor in gender studies. She is one of the co-founders and artistic director of YIKES a Theatre Company founded in her second year of undergrad. Kemi is always excited for a learning opportunity with different types of artists and collaborators. Kemi is passionate about the arts and the way it can be used to help shape social consciousness.