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A searing and soulful theatre piece inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone. Backed by a brilliant band, Olivier Award nominee Josette Bushell-Mingo (Rafiki, The Lion King) mixes story and song as she draws together tales from the life of Nina Simone and her own extraordinary career.

Taking in the singer’s political acts as part of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America as well as the struggles in her personal life, Josette finds a parallel with the persisting inequality in today’s society, and questions how far we’ve really come.

Performed with an exceptional live band, this production peels back the layers to Nina’s songs, which are still as powerful and relevant in today’s society as when they were first written.

Post Show Discussion – Fri 19 Oct – Festival Artistic Director, Richard Wakely in conversation with Josette Bushell-Mingo.

16+ | Performance contains strong language


A Unity Theatre and Riksteatern co‑production
Devised by Dritëro Kasapi & Josette Bushell-Mingo

Josette Bushell-Mingo blows the roof off with this searing look at the life of Nina Simone

Time Out London
****

Josette Bushell-Mingo brilliantly channels both Nina Simone's musicianship and anger at racism

The Scotsman
*****

A searing tribute restarts Simone's revolution

The Guardian
****