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Image: Florence Odumosu by Peter Dibdin

Most of us will know of Nina Simone as the remarkable American jazz singer who brought us I Put A Spell On You, Feeling Good and numerous other hits. She was a superstar diva of her time. Written and directed by Apphia Campbell, Black Is The Color Of My Voice, is inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and the production returns to the region on Thursday 10th March at The Customs House in South Shields.

Having written Black Is The Color Of My Voice in 2013, Apphia Campbell is now touring her critically acclaimed play, direct from rave reviews and sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the West End.

The production takes place in a hotel room. Nina Simone, played by Florence Odumosu, is alone, contemplating her life following the untimely death of her father. She’s seeking redemption as she reflects on her journey from her childhood as a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church through to becoming a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

Featuring many of her most iconic songs are performed live, the show explores all the love, joy, tragedy and racism Nina experiences along the way. She’s a survivor, she’s had to be: determined, courageous, vulnerable, ultimately human.

Black Is The Color Of My Voice is at Customs House, South Shields on Thursday 10th March.

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