• Duration: 55 minutes
  • Tickets: £10/£8
  • Company: Kuumba Nia Arts
  • Ages: 11+
  • Extras: There will be a 30-minute post-show Q&A

Details

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.

Audiences said:

“Wonderful performance- really brilliant characterisations of a deep play”

“Powerful storytelling. I loved it and want to read the story.”

“Spectacular! A powerhouse of a performance”

“Powerful and emotional. Needs to be exposed to the whole countries schools. It made me cry I felt every lick!”

Press said:

★★★★ “Edmead has sensitively and powerfully brought Mary’s story to life. It’s all too easy to disregard the past as nothing but history, but hearing Mary’s words from over 200 years ago – the anguish of a mother separated from a child, the pain of finding oneself trapped with no means of escape, the sorrow of being forced to leave friends, family, and country – well, the past isn’t that much of a foreign country, is it?” – StageTalk Magazine

Amantha is luminous, agile, multi-faceted, witty and resplendent.” – Leys News

Parking & Access

Parking

Patrons with a disability are eligible for the concession ticket price for each show (if applicable), plus one free companion ticket. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

On 28 February, there is a captioned performance of Hymns For Robots. Click here.

There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

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Access

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place) and Studio space via lift. All spaces in the building are wheelchair-accessible via lift apart from the Theatre balcony and the Loft. If an event is in the Loft, this will be clearly stated on the event’s web page.

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space. If you would like to discuss hire of the space, or any of the events taking place in the Loft, please get in touch.

Facilities

Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at info@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.