Black is the Color of My Voice
INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF NINA SIMONE
Written and performed by Apphia Campbell (USA, UK)
Building from the big success of her play, Woke in late January in The Hague, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings Black is the Color of My Voice to the Netherlands for the first time!
This acclaimed and thought-provoking play with music was originally produced in Shanghai (by Play the Spotlight Theatre), where Campbell worked as one of the city’s most-in demand performers.
Inspired by the life and civil rights activism of the legendary Nina Simone, the story follows the fictional character of Mena Bordeaux, a successful jazz singer seeking salvation after the untimely death of her father, intertwining her political engagement and devastating events such as the Alabama church bombing and death of Dr Martin Luther king. Sitting alone in her room, she reflects on her journey through life which started as a young piano prodigy, destined for a life in the services of the church, to soon becoming a renowned jazz vocalist.
You Do You Workshop by Apphia Campbell
23 November 2019 / 14.00 – 17.00
Zaal 3, The Hague
In this practical workshop, participants will learn how to utilise their own special skills to create their very own stories. Apphia will share examples from her practice as a performer and encourage you to dare, explore and express what you have to say!
Do you have questions? Email Dora: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Press
“Campbell has a very natural stage presence. From the moment she walks onto the sparse set, she is utterly convincing in the role.”
★★★★★ BWW Review
“Apphia Campbell tells the story of Nina Simone completely alone on stage and set in one room, but takes you on a journey to another world.”
★★★★ A Younger Theater
“Nothing short of sensational… Campbell will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap and sing some of her best-known songs, but her performance goes beyond mere impersonation… Top honors belong to Campbell’s moving portrayal”
★★★★ The Times