Interview: Black is the Color of My Voice's Apphia Campbell on her move to UK and last foreseeable Shanghai show

By Andrew Chin, May 4, 2015

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Inspired by the music and life of Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell’s one-woman show has taken a life of its own. Since its 2013 debut at Anken Green, it has become an Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit and garnered a four-star review from The Times.

Just back from performing the show in Seattle and Barbados, Campbell laughs about encountering her first star-struck fan and marvels that the New York Post sent a reporter to attend.

It’s a complete 180 from her time living in the Big Apple going through the grind of auditioning. “I love Shanghai’s theater scene,” she says. “People here are so receptive of new work. For an artist with an idea, all you need to do is to produce it somewhere.”

“I’ve grown so much as an artist and as a person, being able to feel the freedom of expression here – which is pretty funny.”

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Ironically, the show’s success will take her away from our fair city. With a UK tour kicking off on May 23, Campbell is moving to Edinburgh, admitting “it’s just so much harder coming from Asia. I wanted to be more central.”

Before she leaves, Black is the Color of My Voice will take over On Stage from May 7-8 and 10, with the A Night of Apphia Campbell concert slated for May 9.

“I’m just moving my base to the UK, but I will always want to come back and try some new work here,” she promises.

// May 7-10, 8pm-late, RMB200-250. On Stage, tickets.


We have a pair of tickets to give away. Simply e-mail with the subject ‘Black is the Color of My Voice’ by May 6 for your chance to win.

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