REVIEWS: ★★★★★ for Apphia Campbell’s Nina Simone Portrayal

Ahead of her debut performance at Brighton Fringe this month, see what the critics have said about Apphia Campbell, whose show BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE is inspired by the life of Nina Simone…

★★★★ The Times
“Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap and sing some of her best-known songs, but her performance goes beyond mere impersonation… Top honors belong to Campbell’s moving portrayal,”

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational. She brings the stories and the characters to life in front of you in a way that makes you feel like you’ve just watched a cast of seven or eight. And she can really sing: she’s bitter, colourful, quiet, roaring, intense, distant and reflective. She will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.”

★★★★★ ScotsGay, Edinburgh Fringe
“Apphia Campbell has talent in spades. She delivers a powerful, heartfelt performance that deals with a time not that long ago, when black women were not welcome to freely mix with white people… Campbell is electrifying to watch but long after the show, it’s her singing that will stay in the mind. It’s just beautiful to hear Simone’s songs in Campbell’s stunning voice. My God when she tears into, ‘I put a spell on you’ I thought the audience would never stop clapping… This a stunning piece of theatre that has been one of my own Fringe highlights.”

FringeReview: Recommended Show
The favourites are all there with a show stopping “Feeling Good” to bring down the rafters. It’s worth it alone just to hear her voice. Go, See, Enjoy.
“Warm in the soul… we cannot help but smile, feeling empowered and positively charged. If there were only one thing for us to carry out from the show, it would be “know who you are and be that person,” no matter what challenges life has in store for us.”


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