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.
Kuumba Nia Arts and Unlock the Chains Collective are excited to be taking SOLD on the road this summer! Through-out July we are bringing Mary's story to new audiences in Cumbria, Birmingham, Sheffield, Wiltshire and Dorset. Join us for the next stage of the journey.
Highlights Rural Touring - Cumbria July 7 - 10
Migration Festival - Sheffield July 12 -13
Theatre Deli - Information and tickets
Birmingham Fest - Birmingham July 20 - 21
Blue Orange Theatre - Information and tickets
WOMAD - Wiltshire- July - 22 - 26
Nne Agwe Storytelling Festival - Dorset - July 26 - 29
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
“Urgent piece of theatre...hard hitting but ultimately uplifting ” The Review Hub. Edfinge 2019
“Harrowing piece of physical theatre... Edmead is sensational” The List. Edfinge 2019
“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
What Audiences say
“SOLD is a must see! I cried from start to finish, storytelling and music combined at it's finest"
“Must See” - Sir Geoff Palmer
“Brilliant Storytelling, acting, singing, drumming – totally sold on 'SOLD'. Don't miss it!"
“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..”
Check out this great clip from Old Fire Station performances in March.
Videos by Derek James
Photographs by David Fisher