Created and performed by Apphia Campbell

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live.

Black is the Color of my Voice

Created and performed by Apphia Campbell

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live.

Apphia Campbell’s acclaimed play follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist as she seeks 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.

This extensive national tour follows sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh, and in the West End of London.

Recommended for ages 12+

'Nothing short of sensational…'
Broadway Baby

Tour Dates

4 - 20 Aug
Cromdale Theatre - Pleasance at EICC
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
26 - 29 Aug
Greenbelt Festival
Broughton House, near Kettering
2 - 3 Sep
The Lemon Tree
6 Sep
Royal Spa Centre
Leamington Spa
7 Sep
Corn Exchange
8 Sep
Norman Bragg Studio
9 Sep
The Exchange
21 Sep
Derby Theatre
22 Sep
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
26 Sep
Grand Opera House
27 & 28 Sep
Alnwick Playhouse
7 Oct
Theatre Royal Winchester
17 - 18 Oct
20 oct
Ropetackle Arts Centre
21 Oct
MAST Mayflower Studios
23 Oct
Exeter Northcott Theatre
27 Oct
Lighthouse Centre for the Arts


Written and performed by

Apphia Campbell

Apphia Campbell is very excited and honoured to be the IASH playwrighting fellow for 2021. She is originally from United States and graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance. She wrote Black Is The Color Of My Voice in 2013. In 2017 her new show with Meredith Yarbrough, Woke, was presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, where it won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Highly Commended from Amnesty International Award, and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award

In 2019, she made her West End debut with Black Is The Color Of My Voice at Trafalgar Studios and had a London premiere of Woke at Battersea Arts Centre. Her first commission from the BBC for a children’s story, called Zachary The Zebroid aired in 2020 and she also wrote Birdie’s Dilemma for Scenes for Survival (BBC in collaboration with NTS Scotland). She was one of six writers who wrote for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Christmas show Rapunzel

Recent Credits: The Last Bordello (David Leddy, Director) Woke (Caitlin Skinner, Director), Black Is The Color Of My Voice (Arran Hawkins, Director), The Color Purple (James Harkness, Director), Soul Sessions ( Cabaret), No Exit (Michael Beets, Director).

‘Moving portrayal of determination and survival.’
‘Nothing short of sensational… will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’
‘A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’
Ed Festival Magazine
‘Captivates the audience throughout.’
‘Absolutely captivating.’
‘A show that should be seen, with music and messages that deserve to be heard.’
'Nothing short of sensational…'
Broadway Baby


Book the show at your venue:
Seabright Productions London office: 020 7439 1173