Theatre (new writing, political)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic
  • 12:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Kuumba Nia Arts, Unlock The Chains Collective and Oxford Playhouse.
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains scenes of violence.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'To be free is very sweet.' When one woman tells of her extraordinary journey to overcome the brutality of slavery, she becomes a beacon for the British anti-slavery movement. Born into slavery in the British colony of Bermuda, Mary Prince went on to become an autobiographer and champion of freedom. Her book had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist movement helping to free many Africans in bondage. Through theatre, song, music, drumming and dance, this masterpiece of Black British theatre is inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African griot.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. Steep staircase. Lift Access from front.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Kevin 49 days ago

Superb performance deserving of a big stage and big audience. Powerful true story beautifully constructed without being overbearing. Thoroughly recommended.

Mark Wilson 51 days ago

Wonderful powerful theatre: energetic, moving, utterly engaging, hugely enhanced by supportive subtle drumming.
This memorable performance deserves a larger venue and full houses!

Colin George 52 days ago

Let's first declare an interest - I know both performer and director from past Pegasus Theatre days in Oxford. Amantha Edmead is a consumate story teller and Euton Daley a director with a good eye. I was therefore prepared for this to be a good performance. However it is exceptional. The mix of fine acting, the drumming and movement and song and an intimate space brings Mary Prince's to life and the lays bare the awfulness of slavery - often to the accompanying gasps from the audience. This is not a comfortable show, but it is one that has to be seen.

Prof Teak 63 days ago

Go see this show.
The performers are outstanding and the story deserves to be told.
The musicality is inspiring.

Derek Newton 68 days ago

If you can, you must go and see this extraordinary show. The story of Mary Prince is brought so vividly to life through an outstanding performance by Amantha Edmead, supported by the drumming and music of Angie Anderson. This is so powerful and moving; it deserves to be seen everywhere

TinaC 70 days ago

A powerful & moving story - this show packs a real punch and is brilliantly performed. With live drumming, it tugs at your heart-strings and shines a light on a long, ugly period of human history.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 53 days ago

This co-production between Kuumba Nia Arts, Unlock the Chains Collective and Oxford Playhouse resurrects the story of the abolitionist Mary Prince, whose book, The History of Mary Prince, was the first autobiography of a black woman published in Britain and a driver of the anti-slavery movement in the 1830s. ...

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 56 days ago

Every so often there is a piece that touches the soul. Sold is one such show. With only a single drum as instrument, these two performers create the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean in an intimate yet epic story about the life of Mary Prince.

This is both an important and exceptional theatrical experience – recommended as highly as possible.

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The Reviews Hub (4/5 stars) 60 days ago

Sold is a bold, urgent piece of theatre that explores the brutality of slavery through the eyes of author and abolitionist, Mary Prince. Fusing passionate storytelling with drumming, dance and song, Sold is a hard-hitting but ultimately uplifting play about one woman’s journey towards freedom.

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The List (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

Harrowing piece of physical theatre about the life of a slave called Mary Prince...

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