SOLD and The Wheel win Amnesty Prize

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2011


Pleasance show ‘SOLD’ (pictured) and Traverse show ‘The Wheel’ have both been presented with the Amnesty International Freedom Of Expression Award.

The Amnesty prize, presented annually in association with Fest magazine, celebrates Fringe productions which carry a human rights message. ‘SOLD’ is a devised play about the hidden world of human trafficking based on interviews and encounters with real people. ‘The Wheel’ looks at the impact of war on children.

Confirming the wins, Amnesty International Scotland’s John Watson told ThreeWeeks: “‘The Wheel’ is a complex and epic story of how children can be corrupted by the ravages of war. By lurching through the centuries the way it does, it brings home the message that circumstances too often dictate how lives can go off the rails in a brilliantly performed, masterfully directed and profound piece of work that offers no easy answers except hope”.

“‘SOLD’ is an ambitious, fast-moving show which combines a strong overview of the whole issue of slavery in human society with a series of powerful cameos of individual stories, involving trafficking into this country now. It’s a memorable piece of agitprop drama which leaves us in no┬ádoubt that despite the increasing exposure of human trafficking in recent years, and widespread political debate on the issue, it is a problem that is not going away; in fact, if anything, it is growing worse, demanding real action from us all”.

‘SOLD’, which runs until Monday, also scored a 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks, our reviewer noting: “Human trafficking is a difficult subject and so, although it deserves it, this production will never receive a standing ovation. A culmination of multimedia, dance and verbatim theatre draws us into dark tales of prostitution, slavery and oppression. The statistics are depressing but there is hope; this mesmerising piece pulls the wool from our ears and our hands from our eyes”.