“SOLD” by Kuumba Nia Arts & Unlock the Chains Collective

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 storytelling fused with theatre, song, drumming and dance. A must-see masterpiece of Black British theatre.

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Date(s) - 21/07/2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

The Blue Orange Theatre


To be free is very sweet”

“SOLD” is the story of Mary Prince and her journey to overcome the brutality of enslavement through the power of her indomitable spirit. Born into enslavement in the British Caribbean colony of Bermuda, Mary went on to become an abolitionist and autobiographer, highlighting the harsh realities of the brutality of being bought, owned and sold.

Her book was the first account of the life of a Black woman to be published in the United Kingdom and had a galvanising effect on the anti-slavery movement, exposing some of the intricacies of chattel slavery that are seldom heard.

Told through theatre, song, drumming and dance, SOLD is a masterpiece of Black British theatre inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African griot.

Winner of ‘Best Ensemble Theatre Award’ at Edinburgh.

*Recommended for 11+ (contains descriptions of violence).

This performance will be followed by a Q&A session.


Performances on Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st July at 7pm.

Tickets £10 (£6 concessions). To book click here.


Kuumba Nia Arts can be found online here.

And on Facebook here.



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