A one-woman show inspired by the life of Nina Simone is coming to South Shields.
Black is the Color of My Voice will be at the Customs House on Saturday, July 9.
Apphia Campbell wrote and stars in the show.
She said: “I chose to write a story inspired by such a great woman for two reasons, the first being her voice. The second was that she was such an inspirational and dynamic woman.
“As a piano prodigy, singer, civil rights activist, mother, and black woman, Simone voiced injustices, despite the potential repercussions.”
Simone was an American singer, songwriter and civil rights activist. She recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958 and 1974.
In 1964, she openly addressed the racial inequality that was prevalent in the United States, and from then on, civil rights messages were standard in her repertoire.
The show, which has picked up awards and rave reviews, 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.
The show features renditions of Simone’s famous hits I Put a Spell On You, I Loves You, Porgy and, Feeling Good
Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, said: “Apphia’s soulful jazz voice is the kind of voice that will make the hairs of the back of your neck stand on end.
“This show has just stunning reviews and we’ve heard such wonderful things about it, we can’t wait for it to take place. Come along and join us for what promises to be a spellbinding performance.”
The show starts at the Mill Dam venue at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.