Created 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 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

3 Jul
New Theatre Royal
21 Jun - 9 Jul
Kings Head Theatre
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
21 Sep
Derby Theatre
22 Sep
Wolverhampton Grand
26 Sep
Grand Opera House
21 Oct
Southampton MAST
27 Oct
Lighthouse Poole


Written, directed and sometimes 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).

Agness Nyama

Performed by Agness Nyama

Agness is a Zambian-American actress, opera singer, and poet who trained at the Manhattan School of Music and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Agness holds a 2015 ASCAP Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and appeared in the 2019 Olivier Award (Outstanding Achievement in Opera) and Sky Arts Southbank Award (Best Opera) winning Porgy and Bess with English National Opera. Agness recently filmed with Steve McQueen on his Hands project, and last year starred in Self-Charm with Bukky Bakray, directed by Ella Greenwood.

‘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