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Preview: Black is the Color of My Voice South Shields Customs House

Show Inspired by the Life of Nina Simone will have you Feeling Good

Black is the Color of My Voice
South Shields Customs House
Saturday 9th July 2016

A five-star production, which has sold out in New York, Shanghai and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, arrives in the north east this summer.

Apphia Campbell
Apphia Campbell‘s one-woman show, Black is the Color of My Voice is inspired by the life of Nina Simone and comes to The Customs House in South Shields on Saturday 9th July.

Singer, writer and actress Apphia said: “I chose to write a story inspired by such a great woman for two reasons, the first being her voice. The second was that she was such an inspirational and dynamic woman. As a piano prodigy, singer, civil rights activist, mother, and black woman, Simone voiced injustices, despite the potential repercussions.”

The show, which picked up an Argus Angel award for Apphia’s ‘intense command of the stage’ and countless rave reviews, follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father.

Apphia Campbell
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.

The show features renditions of Simone’s famous hits including I Put a Spell On You, I Loves You, Porgy and, of course, Feeling Good.

Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer said: “Apphia’s soulful jazz voice is the kind of voice that will make the hairs of the back of your neck stand on end. This show has just stunning reviews and we’ve heard such wonderful things about it, we can’t wait for it to take place. Come along and join us for what promises to be a spellbinding performance.”

Tickets for Black is the Color of My Voice are £15 and are available from The Customs House Box Office in person, by calling 0191 454 1234 or visiting

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