Our History

"...and collect what you've forgotten. It's not taboo to look back and learn from the past"

2008 Kuumba Nia Arts began with Theatre Development Weekends focusing on African theatrical Aesthetics Co produced with Nu Century Arts and Unity Arts. Held at the Drum and Pegasus theatres


2009 Company incorporated

Double Bill with Unity ArtsThe Resurrection of Little Sarah and The Backside Monologues Harrow Arts Centre 

Songhai - Rehearsed reading at Burton Taylor Studio

Black Screen Events – Monthly free film screenings with films form the Black experience followed by Q&A discussion mingling and networking.


2010 Pegasus residency for a year

Water's Flight commission – performances at Pegasus  

 Finding Beulah – Performances at Pegasus

Black Screen Events - Monthly free film screenings with films from the Black experience followed by Q&A discussion mingling and networking. 


2011 The Backside Monologues V.2 working with Unity Arts Performances at Pegasus/ 21 South Street/ Harrow Arts Centre 

Black Screen Events -Monthly free film screenings with films from the Black experience followed by Q&A discussion mingling and networking. 


2012 Sankofa Stories: Sheroes of Equality a theatrical double Bill: “The Two Mrs Garveys” and “Madam CJ Walker On Her Own Ground”. At The Old Music Hall and East Oxford Community Centre

3 months R&D and writing at the Old Music Hall and a weeks rehearsal.

Black Screen Events - Monthly free film screenings with films from the Black experience followed by Q&A discussion mingling and networking. 


2013 Black Screen Events 

Storytelling at Old Music Hall 


2014   Mono-Black a double Bill with Unlock the Chains with their 'Politics of love' and our 'The Backside Monologue's  part of the International Solo festival

The Backside Monologues won best comedy and Politics of love won best drama

Black Screen Events 


2015 Co – produced Euton Daley's Politics of Love with Unlock the Chains Collective 

The Backside Monologues goes to Edinburgh fringe festival 

Black Screen Events 


2016 On Her Own Ground part of the 1st Off Beat Festival Oxford 

Black Screen Events 


2017 Finding Beulah revived at Pegasus Theatre 


2018 Finding Beulah – chosen to be part of the Emanate showcase Oxford with Oxfordshire Theatre Makers. 

Mary Prince, her story her words and me- part of Off Beat Festival 

On Their Own Ground- goes to Edinburgh Fringe.

Mary Prince  re worked and branded as SOLD, R&D with extract performances  

October/November “Waking on EggShells”and “SOLD”. Bristol - Future Perfect Conditional. Barton Black History celebrations. 

Working with Unlock the Chains Collective on Nice Cup of Tea project and Windrush Next generations project on performances – theatrical interventions looking at the hidden histories of Sugar and Windrush 


2019 Kuumba Nia Arts chosen as one of the Evolve Artists with Oxford Playhouse – One years residency 

SOLD now a co production with Unlock the Chains Collective – plays Old Fire Station in March. Kuumba Nia Arts is picked for the North Wall and Oxfordshire Theatre Makers Propeller programme – with performances of SOLD in June 

SOLD now co – produced by Kuumba Nia Unlock the Chains and Oxford Playhouse has a full Edinburgh fringe run at the Attic, Pleasance

Working with Unlock the Chains Collective on Nice Cup of Tea project and Windrush Next generations project on performances – theatrical interventions looking at the hidden histories of Sugar and Windrush 

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