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Black is the Color of My Voice and Soul Sessions - Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

APPHIA Campbell’s solo show, inspired by the life of Nina Simone, comes to London’s Trafalgar Studios for a four-week run with selected performances including a double bill of Black is the Color of My Voice and cabaret show Soul Sessions.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, 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.

Campbell will also perform Soul Sessions, her cabaret celebrating Simone’s brilliant music, after Black is the Color of My Voice with patrons able to purchase tickets for both as a double bill evening.

Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida and after graduating from college, she moved to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, she moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues and eventually formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company, a theatre company that focuses on new works and musical pieces.

In 2013, she wrote Black Is The Color Of My Voice, which opened in Shanghai to rave reviews. It subsequently enjoyed a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 as well as touring the UK; selling out at St. James Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, and Oxford Playhouse.

In 2017, her new show with Meredith Yarbrough, Woke, was presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Highly Commended award from Amnesty International, and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award. It returned for a sell-out second Edinburgh Fringe season and UK tour in 2018.

Campbell’s recent credits include The Last Bordello (Virtue/ David Leddy), Woke (Ambrosia/Assata Shakur, Caitlin Skinner), The Color Purple (Celie, James Harkness), and No Exit (Inez, Michael Beets).

Dates (Black is the Color of My Voice): Tuesday, February 5 to Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.45pm (press performance Thursday, February 7 at 7pm); Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Tickets: £25/£30 (£10 off if you book with Soul Sessions).

Running Time: 70 minutes.

Age Guidance: 12+.

Dates (Soul Sessions): Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16, Friday, February 22, Saturday, February 23, Friday, March 1, Saturday, March 2.

Times: Thursday, February 7 at 8.30pm. Friday and Saturday evenings at 9.15pm.

Tickets: £20 (£10 off if you book with Black Is The Color Of My Voice).

Running Time: 50 minutes.

Age Guidance: 12+.

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