“Every so often there is a piece that touches the soul. SOLD is one such show” Music Theatre Review & Winner: Best Ensemble Music Theatre Award Edfringe 2019.
Kuumba Nia Arts (KNA) are looking for a Lead Actress and a Production Manager for the 2023 Spring tour of their award winning show SOLD which tells the story of Mary Prince. 'A forgotten story giving one woman’s first-hand account of brutality at the height of the slave trade. Powerful and entertaining, this true story is told with traditional African Griot storytelling fused with theatre, singing, music, poetry, drumming and dance. “To be free is very sweet”
Kuumba Nia Arts and Unlock the Chains production “SOLD is a thrilling and unimaginably skillful blend of storytelling, song, drumming and dance. Immensely powerful and artistically vibrant! A must see!” Ask the Ushers 2020
Winner – Best Ensemble: Music Theatre Review Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
Winner – Show of the Week: Week 1 Vault Fringe 2020
Winner - Best Show Birmingham Fest 2021
Winner - Best Lead Actor OFFies 2022 Winner - Best Supporting Actor OFFies 2022
As a company, KNA use a collective model, where the ideas, input and creativity of all shape each piece of work, and rates of pay are equitable, based on Independent Theatre Council (ITC) rates. We looking for two new people to join our team of creatives, contributing their knowledge and experience to both the current work and the development of the company’s aesthetics and potential future projects. We welcome applicants from African and Caribbean Heritage and diaspora.
KNA have been Artists-in-Residence as part of the Oxford Playhouse EVOLVE scheme and at the Pegasus Theatre. There were the first recipients of The North Wall Arts Centre & Oxfordshire Theatre Makers 2019 PROPELLER programme.
KNA are excited to be taking SOLD their award winning show into it’s 4th year on a Spring tour with House theatre network – touring theatre spaces in the South East.
For more information on the show click here
Lead Actress tasks include: Being a talented multi-roling actress with singing, dance and movement ability. SOLD evolved out of a solo show so the lead actress carries most of the storyline via multi-roling characters. We have a 3 week rehearsal process to bring these multiple characters to life and to get accustomed to our African storytelling form that fuses, song, dance, poetry, movement and storytelling. There is also the possibility of becoming a regular part of the Kuumba Nia Arts creative family, as SOLD's journey continues beyond this tour. As well as performing your tasks would include:
Production Manager tasks include: As you’ve probably gathered, we are interested in an all-rounders and someone who is not just a technician or Production Manager. The following is not exhaustive and we try to make use of company members skills, experience, knowledge and interests in trying new things and developing their skills-set.
Dates: Rehearsals: 30th January - 18th February
Cayman Arts Festival 24th February - 2nd March 2023 (funding dependant)
Spring House Tour: 9th March -30th April 2023
Funding & Contract: Funding is already in place for the Spring tour and contracts are based on ITC rates and guidelines.
(*We are awaiting confirmation of full funding for international week at the time of posting this).
Next steps: We'd love to hear from you by Friday 30th December with in person meetings
5th January for Actors and in the week commencing 20th January for Production Managers.
To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter to - firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
For informal conversation please contact: Amantha Edmead on 07958 343359 email@example.com
Deadline for acting applications : 30th December to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Production Manager applications extended: 20th January 2023 to email@example.com