The Enslaved Lament

This theatre performance, ‘The Enslaved Lament’ is a creative response to Robert Burns’ poem The Slave’s Lament. It is performed by an all-black cast. It is inspired by the apparent contradiction that Burns wrote with great empathy about the plight of an enslaved person whilst also contemplating working in Jamaica in this vile trade.

The show is also a sharing of songs related to the transatlantic slave trade and the liberation of black people across the diaspora. It highlights how songs became a survival mechanism for The Enslaved. 

The songs are interwoven with stories and truths from the history and experiences of black people in Scotland, particularly those of the formerly enslaved abolitionist Frederick Douglass.