Black is the Color of My Voice – Edinburgh Fringe

A love letter to music, and how it can carry us through the hardest times in life, ‘Black is the Color of My Voice’ is a powerhouse piece of solo theatre that immediately grabs your attention and serenades you.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, this one woman show is a vulnerable but determined story of finding strength and success despite overwhelming prejudices. A talented pianist from age three, Mina’s journey through life and music is told with precision and tons of heart.

From performing at home to becoming voice of the Civil Rights Movement, her tragedies and triumphs challenge her, and us, and watching her defy the odds over and over to make her place in the world is so powerful. I was pulled right into the moments with her, and was rather upset to be released once again into society to do my dishes once it was over.

Apphia Campbell is incredible, riding the emotional rollercoaster of the show with us with her embodied performance. Her voice is perfect and captivating, and the transition from spoken word to music is seamless, as if it lives in her blood. Within the hour we laugh with her, cry with her, and rally with her, pulled close and trusted with the most intimate parts of her life. If Campbell is not a regular name in lights in the West End in the very near future, I’ll be shocked.

 

Black is the Color of My Voice runs until the 26th of August – buy tickets here.

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Zoe Robertson

Literature student at The University of Edinburgh - interested in new writing and voices.

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