Mary Prince was born into enslavement in the British Caribbean during 1790’s and toiled most of her years. Hers was the first narrative of an enslaved female published in Britain and helped to bring the slave trade to an end.
SOLD is a cultural explosion of song, passionate dramatic narrative and storytelling theatre.
Mary’s ground-breaking autobiography was published in 1831. Her often candid accounts of life as an enslaved woman in the British West Indies shocked readers, and became an important tool in the abolitionist movement. Her narrative is the basis for this solo show – which at its heart celebrates the power of hope, change and freedom.
In today’s world when a celebrity can publicly say that 400 years of slavery is a lifestyle choice, Mary’s story and her words prove that it was anything but.
Kuumba Nia Arts continue to bring African people’s stories, historical and contemporary, to life in this piece. Writer and performer Amantha Edmead and director Euton Daley take the audience on a journey of Mary’s words, their imaginations, rituals and song. Audiences can engage with Mary’s story, witness her feelings and hear her message.
In the light of the I Can’t Breathe and Black Lives Matter campaigns, and the recent Windrush scandal, the uncomfortable legacy of transatlantic slavery lives on. Mary’s story is universal and still relevant today.