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A ground breaking piece of theatre, from an award-winning company.

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An Amazing Story...

In the Nuba mountains of Sudan, life is still a good fire around which stories are told, until the men on horseback come. They burn the village, murder, rape and abduct the children to be sold into slavery. Mende Nazer was one of those children. In 2000, after seven years, she was passed on to a diplomat’s family in London. She escaped, only to face a new struggle for political asylum.

A cast of eight international actors presented Mende’s story as an intimate theatrical feast of storytelling, music and dance. Her inspiring and moving journey celebrates the beauty of the ancient Nuba culture, the reality of the 21st century slave trade and her indomitable spirit in the face of shattered dreams.

This is a wonderful story that packs a serious punch!
It will challenge you to consider what it is to be free and ask why are there now ten times more people in slavery than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade?

Want to know more about the creation of this
award-winning new play?

Take a look at the footage below from our launch at The Lowry on 9th August 2010 - interviews with Kevin Fegan and Caroline Clegg, Katy Cavanagh (Coronation Street), Lashana Lynch (the award-nominated actress who played Mende in our original production) and Mende herself.

Private Performance at the House of Lords
Tuesday 30th November 2010

Hosted by Lord David Alton of Liverpool, the cast of Slave - A Question of Freedom presented extracts of the play before invited members of the House of Lords in support of motions to encourage the British government to support the EU Resolution to reduce trafficking and to bring attention to the continuing plight of many millions of enslaved people around the world.

The presentation was performed to an overflowing Committee room in the House of Lords, where the audience included Lord David Alton, Lord Navnit Dholakia, Baroness May Blood, Baroness Lola Young and Baroness Nuala O’Loan.

The extracts were followed by questions for a panel of special guests including Lord Alton, Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti Slavery International, Tom Hoyem, Chairman of the Mende Nazer Foundation, Kamal Kambal, official from Nuba Mountains Solidarity Abroad, Caroline Clegg and Mende Nazer.

“The experience of watching a piece of performance is like no other when it comes to moving people and Slave certainly had an impact on our visitors the other evening. Please convey my sincere thanks to all concerned.”
Baroness Lola Young

What’s Next?

In Autumn 2011, the production transferred to Riverside Studios in London and from there, went on to a national and (in 2012) international tour. Further international dates and locations a re under discussion, including mainland Europe and North America.

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‘Give voice to the voiceless’ Mende Nazer

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Cast:

The 2011 cast, in alphabetical order:

Ebony Adjuah Feare - Mende
Dawn Hope - Umi, Asha, Nungha, Madina, Chorus
Chris Jack - Babo, Raider, Peter (Embassy Driver), Omer, Aluan Akual Bol (mechanic), Monir, Chorus
Al Nedjari - Damien, Raider, Abdul Azzim (slave trader), Janiney (gardener), Chorus
Eric Nzaramba - Ba, Shadal, Soldier, Mustapha, London Babo, Chorus
Elena Pavli - Rahab, Raider, Hanan, Chorus
Joe Speare - Kujur, Raider
Colette Tchantcho - Kehko, Ascuana, Nanu, Teacher, Chorus

The 2010 cast, in alphabetical order:

Damola Adelaja - Ba, Shadal, Soldier, Mustapha, London Babo, Chorus
Ebony Feare - Kehko, Ascuana, Nanu, Teacher, Chorus
Chris Jack - Babo, Raider, Peter (Embassy Driver), Omer, Aluan Akual Bol, (mechanic) Monir, Chorus
Lashana Lynch - Mende
Sarah Niles - Umi, Asha, Nungha, Madina, Chorus
Elena Pavli - Rahab, Raider, Hanan, Chorus
Danny Scheinmann - Damien, Raider, Abdul Azzim (slave trader), Janiney (gardener), Chorus
Joe Speare - Kujur, Raider


What the press said...

Slave - A Question of Freedom