DIRECT from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour of ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’.

Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs, the tour includes a performance at Helmsley Arts Centre on Saturday, September 15, at 7.30pm.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’ follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking 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.

Apphia is originally from Sarasota, Florida. After college, she moved to New York where she pursued theatre and performed in Off-Broadway houses.

In 2012 she formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company(PTS), a theatre company that focuses on new works and musical pieces. The following year she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, Black Is The Color Of My Voice and opened it in Shanghai where it received sold out performances and rave reviews.

She brought the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has been touring the UK.

Tickets can be bought online at or via the box office on 01439 771 700.