Diocese of Newcastle

Black is the Color of My Voice


Start date
6 Apr 2019, 7 p.m.
End date
6 Apr 2019, 9 p.m.
Location
St Cuthbert's Church, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2LE
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This inspiring one-woman play tells the compelling story of jazz singer and civil rights activist, Mena Bordeaux.

Black Is The Color Of My Voice is inspired by the life of Nina Simone and follows Mena as 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. 

Seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father, Mena looks back on her life through a series of flashbacks to explore the men, music, politics, racism, conflicts and decisions that have shaped her journey. 

The play includes several Nina Simone classics powerfully performed by the show’s writer and performer, Apphia Campbell.

In 2013, Black Is The Color Of My Voice opened to rave reviews in Shanghai. It later toured to sell-out venues in New York, London, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and beyond. 

Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida, later moving to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, Apphia moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues and eventually formed her company, Play The Spotlight Theatre Company, to focus on new works and musical pieces. This is her tribute to the remarkable life of Nina Simone.

'Top honours belong to Campbell’s quietly moving portrayal of determination and survival.” * * * * The Times

The church will once again be transformed into a cafe, with licence, for what is certain to be a thrilling evening.

TICKETS: Adult £8; U16 £6; Family Ticket £24 are available to buy here.

We also anticipate high demand so will be keeping a reservations list — first come first served. Call Jacqui/Ken Budge on 01289 382554. Or on the door - though we would recommend you don’t leave it that long!