Following award-winning, sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh, London, and the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, Black Is the Color of My Voice, written and performed by Fringe First winner Apphia Campbell, is now available globally via Stream Theatre, with scheduled performances from this Thursday 8 July until Sunday 11 July 2021, and then available on-demand for a further week until Sunday 18 July 2021.
The one-woman play with music, which was filmed live at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall, is the second of four streaming premieres this month curated and presented by Olivier Award-winning producer James Seabright.
Inspired by the life of the legendary Nina Simone (1933-2003), Apphia Campbell’s stunning solo performance Black Is the Color of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
Black Is the Color of My Voice is written and performed by Campbell, directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs, with lighting by Clancy Flynn and sound by Tom Lishman. It is presented by Seabright Productions and Play the Spotlight.
What the critics say
“Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician” – Smart Shanghai
“A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song” – ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she 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 but her performance goes beyond impersonation” – ★★★★ The Times