Black Is The Color Of My Voice

Now touring the UK – dates at official site.

Nicholle Cherrie in Black Is The Color Of My Voice

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 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.

The show has played nationally and internationally to standing ovations from Shanghai and New York to Edinburgh and the West End of London. It recently toured Australia and won the Best Theatre Award at Adelaide Fringe 2024.

For August to October 2024 UK dates, the show is performed by Nicholle Cherrie.

‘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’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby  

‘A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Nicholle Cherrie in Black Is The Color Of My Voice

Apphia Campbell is originally from the United States and graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance. She was the IASH playwrighting fellow for 2021. She 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 and a Highly Commended from Amnesty International Award, and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award. Woke has since been re-imagined as Through The Mud. In 2019, Apphia made her West End debut with Black Is The Color Of My Voice at Trafalgar Studios and had a London premiere of Woke at BAC. Her first commission from the BBC for a children’s story, Zachary The Zebroid, aired in 2020 and she wrote Birdie’s Dilemma for Scenes for Survival (BBC with NTS Scotland). She was one of six writers who wrote for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Christmas show Rapunzel. Other recent credits: The Last Bordello (David Leddy, director) Woke (Caitlin Skinner, director), The Color Purple (James Harkness, director), Soul Sessions, and No Exit (Michael Beets, director).

Nicholle Cherrie graduated from Arts Educational Schools 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).