Created by Apphia Campbell

Performed by Nicholle Cherrie

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 by Apphia Campbell

Performed by Nicholle Cherrie

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.

Black Is The Color Of My Voice is touring the UK and Australia in 2024 after sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and London's West End. Accolades include a Pick of the Week award at Adelaide Fringe when the show premiered there in 2023 and again in 2024, when it also won the overall Best Theatre Award. Returning to Edinburgh Fringe in August 2024 and on tour in autumn 2024, it is performed by Nicholle Cherrie.

Recommended for ages 12+


Tour Dates

More dates coming soon for the UK

20 - 25 Aug
Pleasance at EICC
Edinburgh Fringe
10 - 11 Sep
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Fri 13 Sep
Sat 14 Sep
Malvern Theatres
Mon 16 Sep
Theatre Royal Winchester
Tue 17 Sep
Wed 18 Sep
Theatre Royal
Fri 20 Sep
Sat 21 Sep
Grand Theatre
Tue 24 Sep
Buxton Opera House
Thu 26 Sep
27 - 28 Sep
MAST Mayflower Studios
Sun 29 Sep
Everyman Theatre
Tue 1 Oct
Royal & Derngate
Wed 2 Oct
Palace Theatre
Thu 3 Oct
Watford Palace Theatre
Fri 4 Oct
Key Theatre
5 - 6 Oct
Norwich Theatre Playhouse
Tue 8 Oct
Royal Spa Centre
Leamington Spa
Wed 9 Oct
Corn Exchange
Sat 12 Oct
Nottingham Playhouse
Mon 14 Oct
Darlington Hippodrome
Wed 16 Oct
Lyceum Theatre
Fri 18 Oct
Pavilion Theatre


Written by

Apphia Campbell

Apphia Campbell is originally from United States and graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance. She was the IASH playwrighting fellow for 2021. Apphia wrote Black Is The Color Of My Voice in 2013. In 2017 her  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

Credits include: 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), and No Exit (Michael Beets, Director).

Performer (summer/autumn tour)

Nicholle Cherrie

Nicholle Cherrie graduated from ArtsEd in 2017. Her theatre credits include Soon (Eclipse), Mansfield Park (Watermill), Splintered (Soho), Black Love (Kiln), 15 Heroines (Jermyn Street), Girl From The North Country (Gielgud/Toronto), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Leave Taking (Bush), Mamma Mia! (Cyprus), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park). Her television credits include Doctors (BBC).

Associate Director

Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir

Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir is an award-winning playwright, director and dramaturg. A former director in residence at Tron (hangMe and My Sister Tell Each Other EverythingHappy Ark Day! :)), she now works freelance. Predominantly working with new writing, her directing credits include The Beatles Were a Boyband (F-Bomb), ChildMinder (Traverse) and Variant (A Play, A Pie and a Pint). She was nominated as best director at the CATS Awards 2022 for Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything (Tron).

‘Moving portrayal of determination and survival.’
The Times
‘Nothing short of sensational… will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’
'Hauntingly beautiful'
'profound, yet understated, poetic depth'
'An incredible performance, by turns intense and intimate, and thoroughly recommended'
‘A tour de force performance’
'Apphia Campbell is an exceptional performer... an embodiment of great storytelling'
'Vibrant, poignant and full of soul'
'Masterfully executed, adding power to the gripping narrative of joy and pain’
'a moving musical performance'
‘Captivates the audience throughout.’
‘Absolutely captivating.’
‘It would be difficult to find a better one-woman show than this’
‘A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
‘A show that should be seen, with music and messages that deserve to be heard.’


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