Words: Caroline Whitham
You’re bringing your award-winning show, Black is the Color of My Voice, back to the Fringe this year. How does it feel to be coming back?
Great. It’s the ten-year anniversary and I’m so excited to be celebrating that this year.
Can you tell us a little bit about the show?
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live. The play follows a successful singer and civil rights activist as she seeks redemption after the untimely death of her father.
You originally wrote the show in Shanghai, and have since travelled the world with it. Does your globetrotting help you feel a bit closer to Nina?
Definitely. It’s always nice to see new audiences’ reaction to the show. This year the show went to Australia, and that was a huge milestone for the piece.
Do you have any plans in the city? Anything you’re looking forward to experiencing again?
I live in Edinburgh, so I’m always excited to see the city come alive during August. And what artist doesn’t love a huge selection of art right at their doorstep?
Do you have any other shows you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
I haven’t done all the research yet, but the one show that’s grabbed my attention is Thrown from EIF, and Dark Noon looks like an experience.
Any advice for first time visitors?
Pack a raincoat and an umbrella. Layers. And give yourself at least 30 minutes to get from one place to the next – if you’re crossing town.
Black Is The Color Of My Voice
Pleasance at EICC – Pentland Theatre