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Richard triptych

richard III redux [or] ‘Sara Beer [is/not] richard III’

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate.

Or is he?

What if he is she?

What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?

How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Spacey – watch out – the mighty Richard III Redux has you in the frame….

Following their critically acclaimed collaboration on Cosy, Sara Beer will take on Richard III and his previous (non-disabled) interpreters with award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli, joined by filmmaker Paul Whittaker.

Sara Beer… steals the show… a brilliant and disconcerting comic turn…

Gary Raymond ‘The Arts Desk’ on ‘Cosy’ 2016

O Reilly is a writer to cherish…

Lyn Gardner. The Guardian

Running time: approximately 70 minutes. No interval

presented by
The Llanarth Group
starring Sara Beer
Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director
Kaite O’Reilly, Resident Playwright/Dramaturg

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Black Is The Color Of My Voice

Thank you everyone for booking your tickets ahead of the performance. This show is fully booked however you can ring the box office to have your name on the reserve list. Ring Samba or Hope on 01239 615 952. Thanks

Written and performed by Apphia Campbell
Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs

Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’ 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.

After the theatre performance there will be an interval followed by ‘Soul Sessions’, Apphia’s cabaret show paying tribute to Nina Simone’s phenomenal career. Book early so you don’t miss this fabulous night out.

Campbell is a stunning performer with an intense command of the stage ranging from fragile child to sassy soul star to vulnerable, broken adult.

Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.

★★★★ The Times

Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.

★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine

Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician

Smart Shanghai

Supported by Night Out

Recommended for ages 12 +