I missed Apphia Campbell’s previous London runs for her acclaimed one-woman play Black is the Color of My Voice. Happily, it’s now returning for a three-week summer season at The Vaults and – lucky me – I get to chair a post-show Q&A with amazing Apphia.
Following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and at London’s Trafalgar Studios, Wilton’s Music Hall and Crazy Coqs, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings her acclaimed play with music to The Vaults Theatre.
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.
Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida and, after graduating from college, she moved to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, Apphia moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues and eventually formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company, focussing on new works and musical pieces.
In 2013 she wrote Black is the Color of My Voice and opened in Shanghai to rave reviews before performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, where it sold out, and touring the UK. 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, returning for a sell-out second Edinburgh Fringe season and UK tour in 2018. Ahead of Black is the Color of My Voice’s Vaults run, Woke transfers to Battersea Arts Centre.
“Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap, but her performance goes beyond impersonation” – ★★★★ The Times
“Nothing short of sensational… Campbell will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears” – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Compelling & heartbreaking, punctuated with bursts of song” – ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Black is the Color of My Voice is produced by James Seabright, an Olivier Award-winning theatre producer whose other current shows include Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt, Potted Potter, The Crown Dual, The Falcon’s Malteser and Trainspotting Live.