Black is the Color of my Voice

Black is the Color of my Voice

James Seabright presents


Black Is The Color Of My Voice


Written and performed by Apphia Campbell

Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs


Following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and at London’s Trafalgar Studios, Wilton’s Music Hall and Crazy Coqs, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings her acclaimed play with music to The Vaults for three weeks only.


Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking 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.


★★★★★ “Irresistible. Campbell is on fire with a mesmerising performance.” The Reviews Hub


★★★★★ "This was a hypnotic, immersive, emotional evening that was over all too soon, well worth seeing and seeing again." Musical Theatre Review 

★★★★ “Campbell has created something full of emotion, with engaging dialogue and beautifully executed vocals." The Spy in the Stalls

"Apphia Campbell’s confident and engaging performance." British Theatre Guide


‘Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap, but her performance goes beyond impersonation.’  ★★★★ The Times 

‘Nothing short of sensational… Campbell will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby  


‘Compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’

★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine


‘Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.’

Smart Shanghai