Kuumba Nia Arts are returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August in Co production with Euton Daley's Unlock the Chains Collective. We shall be performing our powerful and moving drama SOLD at the Attic Pleasance CourtYard which recently played to packed houses. But we need your help!
Kuumba Nia Arts are an Oxford-based theatre company. We create stories from the Black experience, fusing theatre with storytelling, song, music and dance along with contemporary, historical and the traditional from the African diaspora to create unique productions of startling authenticity that inform, surprise and entertain.We need to raise a further £5000
"To Be Free is very sweet"
We launched SOLD at Oxford’s Old Fire Station this March and it has subsequently been supported by both the Oxford Playhouse and The North Wall Arts Centre. Amantha Edmead’s play is based on Mary Prince’s autobiography, written in 1831. SOLD is 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 a candid account of her enslavement in the British West Indies that shocked readers in Britain, becoming an important tool for the Abolition of Slavery movement. 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.
★★★★ “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.Can you help us reach our target?
GoFundMe is a great way for you to make a real difference to Kuumba Nia Arts, as well learning more about our brilliant project. It is a community crowdfunding approach that helps us match the funding we have already been promised. Going to Edinburgh will enable this important story to be seen not only by audiences but by promoters as we look to take it further afield. Your donations will make all the difference in helping Mary's words of freedom, justice and equality reach national and international audiences again at a time when the need to highlight the existence of modern slavery is very pertinent.
Kuumba Nia Arts has a residency with Oxford playhouse on it's Evolve programme and this Edinburgh run is association with Oxford Playhouse and Oxford playhouse at the Fringe.
Photos by David FisherAudience responses:
"Laughed out loud, tapped our feet along in time, grimaced in horror and shed a tear"
"The best theatre I have seen anywhere. Acting was magnificent story Uplifting. Directions perfect for the story”