Black is the Color of My Voice

Apphia Campbell brings an all-encompassing presence to the stage during this solo performance. Based on events in the life of jazz singer Nina Simone, Campbell has written an adaptation that gives a snapshot of the life of Mena Bordeaux, a classical pianist turned jazz singer and activist, who is looking for answers and redemption during a three-day "cleanse" in isolation, free of alcohol and cigarettes.

She's bitter, colourful, quiet, roaring, intense, distant and reflective. She will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.

Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational. She brings the stories and the characters to life in front of you in a way that makes you feel like you've just watched a cast of seven or eight. And she can really sing: she's bitter, colourful, quiet, roaring, intense, distant and reflective. She will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears. 

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The Blurb

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell's hit one-woman show follows jazz musician and civil rights activist Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a three-day period of spiritual cleansing following the untimely death of her father. Hitting Edinburgh after multiple sold out performances in Shanghai and NYC, 'Black is the Color of My Voice shines' (Time Out, Shanghai). 'It needs no more than (Campbell) to keep the audience completely hooked' (Shanghaiist.com). 'Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal' (SmartShanghai.com).