BORN into slavery in 1788, Mary Prince survived the brutality of Bermuda plantations to become a powerful voice for the abolitionist movement. Her story is told in Sold, by award-winning Kuumba Nia Arts, coming to Halstock village hall on Friday 26th November and Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall on Saturday 27th; both performances start at 8pm.
Sold won the Best Ensemble award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and was named Show of the Week at VAULT Festival in 2020.
Mary Prince told her story in an autiobiography which had an electrifying effect on the abolition movement. With the anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Pringle, who took her into his household, Mary told her story in The History of Mary Prince, the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom. It was reprinted twice in its first year.
Through theatre, song, music, drumming and dance, Solo, an outstanding example of Black British theatre, is inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African griot.