Ayah-Sofia reviews: Black is the Color of My Voice

Here is my #Fringe review on Black is the Colour of My Voice!

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Having watched the Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Nina Simone?” I thought I had some idea of what to expect from Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice. I was wrong.

The show completely surpassed my expectations. Powerful and evocative, Campbell breathed life into Mena Bordeaux, a jazz singer and activist inspired by the life of Nina Simone.

From racial discrimination in childhood to love (and its absence), from falling from grace to redemption, the audience is taken on a moving and relentless journey as Mena tries to find the meaning of self-worth and identity.

Apphia is a star when it comes to her singing – her songs left the audience in awe.

A magnificent show and a true gem, ‘Black is the Colour of My Voice’ deserves no less than a five star rating.

Black is the Color of My Voice | 1.15pm | Gilded…

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Ayah-Sofia reviews: Key Change

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Key Change is a powerful show exploring the lives of female convicts affected by gender violence and domestic abuse. Their story sounds all too familiar for the thousands of women trapped in the UK criminal justice system.

We’re given a performance that toes the line between entertainment and reality. We observe the lives of teenagers, mothers, addicts, and most importantly – women.

This theatrical piece is wonderfully written, and gives us an insight into the lives of forgotten women. Through powerful music and choreography, we’re transported to a different world full of emotional turmoil and heartbreak.

This isn’t a tale of friendship. It’s a tale of survival.

As the prisoners list all the things they miss in their former lives, one line particularly resonated with me:

“I miss being treated with respect.”

In captivity, women are denied recognition, and have their identity stripped away.

Make no mistake: this performance doesn’t…

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Key Change: Fringe Review

I’m excited to announce that I am part of the feminist fest blogging team this summer as supported by Engender and YWCA Scotland. I’ve just finished a review on an amazing show called Key Change. Please check it out, and check out the other reviews because they’re simply wonderful! They’ll tell you all you need to know about the must-see shows in Edinburgh involving gender and equality.

Key Change is a powerful show exploring the lives of female convicts affected by gender violence and domestic abuse. Their story sounds all too familiar for the thousands of women trapped in the UK criminal justice system.

We’re given a performance that toes the line between entertainment and reality. We observe the lives of teenagers, mothers, addicts, and most importantly – women.

This theatrical piece is wonderfully written, and gives us an insight into the lives of forgotten women. Through powerful music and choreography, we’re transported to a different world full of emotional turmoil and heartbreak.

This isn’t a tale of friendship. It’s a tale of survival.

As the prisoners list all the things they miss in their former lives, one line particularly resonated with me:

“I miss being treated with respect.”

In captivity, women are denied recognition, and have their identity stripped away.

Make no mistake: this performance doesn’t end with a happily ever after. It’s raw, dark, and honest. It’s the reality for most female inmates.

One thing we know for sure is this. These women are not victims; they’re survivors.