Preview: Black is the Color of My Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Black is the Color of My Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone and featuring her most iconic songs performed live, Black is the Color of My Voice comes to MAST Mayflower Studios on Friday 21 October.

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.

Florence Odumosu trained at the Arts University Bournemouth on the BA Acting course. Amongst others, her theatre credits include, A Christmas Carol (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Eight Percent (Theatre 503), and Christmas Dinner (The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).

Apphia Campbell is very excited and honoured to be the IASH playwrighting fellow for 2021. Originally from the United States, she graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance.

She wrote Black is the Color of My Voice in 2013, and 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).

Tickets for Black is the Color of My Voice (21 October) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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