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Feelgood Theatre Productions

Slave - A Question of Freedom

Directed by Carloine Clegg. Adapted by Caroline Clegg and Kevin Fegan from the autobiography Slave by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis

Tue 23 November - Sat 27 November

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Slave - A Question of Freedom

World Première, prior to West End

This unique production by award-winning Feelgood is told as a feast of storytelling, music and dance by an outstanding ensemble of African and British performers. It celebrates Mende’s indomitable spirit, the beauty of the ancient Nuba culture, and as a famine of the inhumanity and horror of the hidden contemporary slave trade.

In the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan, life is still a good fire around which stories are told, until the men on horseback come. They murder and rape; burn the village and abduct the children to be sold into slavery. Twelve-year-old Mende Nazer was one of them. In 2000, after seven years, she was passed on to a family in London where she escaped, only to face a new struggle for political asylum.

Mende’s story challenges us all to consider, what is it to be free?

There are now ten times more men, women and children in slavery than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade. Mende Nazer dared to speak out against Sudan’s horrific slave trade and now she asks that her voice be heard to help the thousands around the world who are still in slavery. Through this show you can do something to help. Mende believes that the only way to eradicate slavery is through education and through this show we hope to build a school in her village.

Please note: This show is an emotional one and only suitable for ages 9+.

Watch our video of the press launch for Slave here.

’All the clichés of such survival stories are inadequate to describe the emotional impact of her eventual deliverance… told in Mende’s voice with great beauty.’ The Observer on Slave

’Ripe with vivid images, exquisite African a capella harmonies and drumming, it reverberates deep in your soul… definitely in the un-missable category.’ ***** The Guardian on previous production Romeo and Juliet

Gala Night Wed 24 November

Meet Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis, the cast and stars from Coronation Street, including Katy Kavanagh (Julie,) Sue Nicholls, (Audrey), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley) and Julia Haworth, (Claire) at a special after-show champagne reception. Profits from this evening will go towards building a school in Mende’s village.

Gala Night Tickets £25, numbers strictly limited (please note there are other tickets available for this performances at standard prices).

Slave: Witnessing the Voice through Testimony and Performance
An International Conference with the University of Salford

Wed 24 November 9am – 5.30pm, the Compass Room, The Lowry, with Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis and Caroline Clegg

The University of Salford and Feelgood Theatre Productions are collaborating on an interdisciplinary conference to explore the various literary, cultural and societal questions raised by Feelgood’s production of Slave – A Question of Freedom.

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Free Family Sunday

Celebrating Black History Month,
Sun 31 October, drop-in 11am - 3pm
In anticipation of Slave - A Question of Freedom join us for a jam-packed day of Sudanese art, music and drama activities.

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Help Mende build a school in her village.
Make a Nuba house-box to use as a collecting box for you to help raise money to build a school in Mende’s village. Schools across Salford are joining in this project and you can too.

Off the stage
Thu 25 November
Post Show Talk mat & eve
With cast and director.
Free to ticket holders

Sat 27 November - Manchester United vs. Blackburn, kick-off 3pm

Audio Described Performance by Anne Hornsby.
Thu 25 November at 7pm.
Touch Tour at 6pm.
Find out how to book tickets

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).