"To Be Free is very sweet"

 When one woman tells of her extraordinary journey to overcome the brutality of slavery, she becomes a beacon for the British anti-slavery movement. Born into slavery in the British colony of Bermuda, Mary Prince went on to become an auto-biographer and champion of freedom. Her book had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist movement helping to free many Africans in bondage. Through theatre, song, music, drumming and dance, this masterpiece of Black British theatre is inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African griot.


Tuesday 8 October to at 7.30pm 

Cornerstone Arts Centre 

25 Station Road, OX11 7EN Didcot


Tickets: £12.50 full price, £10.50 concessions  

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Kuumba Nia Arts and Unlock the Chains Collective bring Mary's story to the Cornerstone after their Edinburgh successes, including winning Best Ensemble at Edfirnge 2019!

 Helping to  celebrate African Hertige experiences.

 Performances are followed by 30 minute Q&A's

 What  reviewers say:


Every so often there is a piece that touches the soul. SOLD is one such show” 

Nominee for Music Theatre Award. Music Theatre Review. Edfinge 2019

     Click here to read 5 star review   

Urgent piece of theatre...hard hitting but ultimately uplifting ” The Review Hub.  Edfinge 2019

Click here to read 4 star review

Harrowing piece of physical theatre... Edmead is sensational”  The List.  Edfinge 2019        

Click here to read 4 star review 

Edmead deftly switches between roles bringing empathy and energy to the performance”   The Scotsman   

'This was not the first time I have witnessed the North Wall’s stage hosting a fully-fledged production evoking a whole cast of characters with just two actors, but it may just have been the best'  Daily info review 7 June

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 What Audiences say

  “SOLD is a must see! I cried from start to finish, storytelling and music combined at it's finest- @corrinaBuchan

“Must See” - Sir Geoff Palmer

 “Brilliant Storytelling, acting, singing, drumming – totally sold on 'SOLD'. Don't miss it! - Pam Watson

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 “Mary's story is one of the unassuming heroine. Her strength and resilience to stay alive through the horrors of British chattel slavery, to fall in love, work for her freedom and share her story to help bring slavery to an end, was a huge achievement for an enslaved West Indian woman in 1831..” 

Find out more about The Story of SOLD's journey at Edinburgh Fringe2019 and Mary Prince

SOLD Trailer

Check out this great clip from Old Fire Station performances in March.

Videos by Derek James

Photographs by David Fisher


 A Rehearsed Reading 

The Balmyard is a re-imagined classic of Black British Theatre currently in development. Written and Directed by Internationally acclaimed writer and Director Don Kinch the Balmyard depicts life in a Caribbean “free village” whose inhabitants choose to live untainted by the materialism of the world around them and in perfect veneration and union with the natural and the supernatural. But when a tragedy befalls Celia the promise of the future, their very existence is threatened and the villagers must consult the ancestral spirits in order to secure their very survival.

The Burton Taylor Studio

Beaumont Street

September 20th - 21st  


All tickets £5 

 “Mr. Kinch's story deals with political corruption and betrayal, the play is still essentially a jubilant celebration of cultural roots.” The New York Times March 1991 

Behind the scenes

A sneak peak into rehearsals as cast get to grips with the script.