Written and performed by Apphia Campbell
Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs
Following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and in London at Wilton’s Music Hall, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings her acclaimed play with music to Trafalgar Studios for four weeks only.
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.
On selected evenings, Apphia performs her cabaret Soul Sessions after Black Is The Color Of My Voice (separate ticket purchase required).
‘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 and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’
Edinburgh Festival Magazine
‘Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.’
Bars: Foyer bar next to the Box Office. 25 steps to Stalls Bar (spacious, few seats). Drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium upon request.
Limited mobility: Leg room is generally good with extra space on the front row and on the side aisle of row E.
Access description: One shallow step up from the street through double swing doors into the foyer. Box Office opposite. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted. 25 steps down then up 10 steps in to the auditorium (3 steps between rows). Theatre opens 1 hour before performance.
Sound Amplification: Infrared system in the auditorium with 16 headsets, available from the box office with a deposit. Check with Box Office which seats in the auditorium have best reception.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium by prior arrangement with the theatre, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit. You will be seated in an aisle seat.
Disabled Access: No spaces for people who need to remain in their wheelchairs. Transfer seating is available to Row A (3 spaces) and K (1 space). Access to Row A is through the Stalls Bar and Row K is up 14 steps. Wheelchair users must bring 2 people to help with the steps. The theatre can store a maximum of 3 wheelchairs per performance. Venue is not suitable for scooters.
Toilets: 22 steps up from the foyer to women’s and men’s. More toilets off the Stalls Bar.
Disabled Toilets: No adapted WC.