Mary Prince Play In Scotland Gets Rave Review

August 12, 2019

A new play about Bermuda’s Mary Prince, written by and starring British actress Amantha Edmead, has opened to rave reviews in Edinburgh after premiering earlier this year in Oxford.

Ms Edmead’s play about the Bermudian – whose autobiography has been credited with hastening the passage of Britain’s 1833 Slavery Abolition Act – has been described as “a cultural explosion of song, passionate dramatic narrative and storytelling theatre.”

Critic Deborah Klayman, writing at Britain’s Reviews Hub website, said the production at Edinburgh’s Pleasance Courtyard theatre 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.”

Image courtesy of Reviews Hub:

Sold Bermuda August 11 2019

Sold is part of the 2019 line-up of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, often described as the world’s largest celebration of the performing arts. Ms Edmead’s show, first staged in Oxford in March, will run in the Scottish capital city until August 25.

Ms Edmead, who calls herself an actor/storyteller, says she “grew up in a Caribbean family in the cultural melting pot of East Oxford, and fell in love with acting from an early age.”

“My dreams took me to Guildford School of Acting and I graduated from their three year acting course,” she says at her website. “I’m an energetic and passionate performer and have created my own work with community and professional groups.”

Her television credits include roles on such well-known British shows as EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill, and Doctors and she has appeared on stage throughout Britain in plays ranging from William Shakespeare’s Othello to the musical play Not Quite Gospel.

You can read the full Reviews Hub critique of Sold here.

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  1. Toadinthehole says:

    Who will bring this to bermuda?

    • legalgal says:

      Perfect for the Bermuda festival. (And with the original production.)

  2. Alvin Williams says:

    well if we won’t recognize our history some one else will; to bad the play can not be seen in Bermuda.

  3. La Verdad says:

    Ok, BMDS let’s secure the rights and have it performed here. Perfect role for Ms LeYoni Junos!