Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour.
Based loosely on events in the life of jazz singer Nina Simone, this adaptation follows the fictional character Mena Bordeaux, a classical pianist turned jazz singer and activist, who is looking for answers and redemption during a three-day "cleanse" in isolation, free of alcohol and cigarettes. Talking to a picture of her father and pulling memories from an old suitcase, she talks us through her life growing up: the racism, the loves, her family and most importantly, the music. The story smoothly transports you from place to place, the bare bedroom setting becoming her old living room, a concert hall or a jazz club. The music is seamlessly sewn into the narrative, as necessary and impassioned as the monologue itself. Written and performed by the actress Apphia Campbell, 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!
'Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.' **** The Times
'Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she 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.' **** Ed Festival Magazine
'Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.' Smart Shanghai