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Bermuda Festival praised for bringing Mary Prince play to island

Sold – The Story of Mary Prince is the opening show for the 47th Bermuda Festival (Photograph supplied)

An anti-racism charity has praised the work of the Bermuda Festival in bringing a powerful show about Mary Prince, a national hero and abolitionist, to the island.

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda said the performances of Sold – The Story of Mary Prince at the St Paul’s Centennial Hall was touching and relevant.

A spokeswoman said: “It’s cultural and historical connection touches the soul and connected many of those present directly to their past and their ancestors.

“The willingness to bring this play to Bermuda demonstrates a commitment to the work of anti-racism on the part of the Bermuda Festival, and an understanding of the need to lay the truth bare and create a space for learning, growth and empathy.”

Sold, written by and starring Amantha Edmead, tells the story of Mary Prince through “passionate storytelling, drumming, dance and song, based on the storytelling traditions of the West African griot”.

The show was previously performed in London before being brought to the island last month for the Bermuda Festival.

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Published April 11, 2022 at 7:40 am (Updated April 11, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Bermuda Festival praised for bringing Mary Prince play to island

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