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DATES: Fri 4th Aug 17 - Mon 28th Aug 17
TICKETS: £6 - £12

As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, Play the Spotlight Theatre & Made In Scotland presents


Definition: aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially related to civil and human rights:


After the 2014 & 2015 hit show 'Black Is the Color of My Voice', Apphia Campbell returns with a brand new play which tells the story of the African-American experience. WOKE will be performed at Gilded Balloon Teviot - Wine Bar, Friday 4 - Monday 28 August at 2pm.


★★★★ – THE TIMES (for Black is the Colour of my Voice)


WOKE was chosen to be part of the Made in Scotland showcase and is written and staged by Edinburgh based performer Apphia Campbell and directed by Caitlin Skinner. This one woman show is set to original music as well as traditional gospel and blues and tells the story of two real life women, 42 years apart who become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther and Tupac Shakur’s Aunt Assata Shakur; the other, a present day university student who enters university at the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalized through political activism and are ultimately faced with a choice - to fight or to flee. 


★★★★ - THE STAGE (for Black is the Colour of my Voice)



Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida and after graduating from college moved to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, she moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues including The Cotton Club, Park Hyatt, Le Meridian Hotel and JZ music festivals. In 2012 she formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company (PTS). And in 2013 she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, Black Is The Color Of My Voice and opened in Shanghai to rave reviews. Apphia debuted BITCOMV at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 where it sold out and has been touring the U.K ever since.


Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational – Broadway Baby


Her most recent theatre credits include: The Color Purple (James Harkness, WBTT Theatre), Holiday Hitch (PTS theatre, Director Meredith Yarbrough), No Exit (Blue Lane Theatre, Director Michael Beets), The Deciders (New York Fringe Festival, Director Jay Michaels) and Beehive (Temple Theatre, Director Ray Kennedy).  


Caitlin Skinner is Artistic Director of new pop up writing theatre company The Village Pub Theatre and recipient of the Tom McGrath Maverick Award. Her directing credits include Hair of the Dog with Village Pub Theatre (Village Pub Theatre, Traverse Festival) The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde (Lung Ha Theatre Company), Sanitise (Jordan & Skinner, Winner of 2014 Scotsman Fringe First Award) Selkie and The Happiest Day of Brendan Smillie’s Life (A Play, A Pie and A Pint) and Noye’s Fludde (Lammamuir/McOpera). Caitlin was dramaturg on As the Crow Flies (Greg Sinclair/Imaginate) and rehearsal director for A Stone’s Throw (Giddy Aunt). 


Caitlin has worked as Assistant Director with National Theatre of Scotland (The James Plays, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Driver’s Seat) Dundee Rep (In My Father’s Words) Traverse Theatre (Breakfast Plays) and Royal Lyceum Theatre (Cinderella). Her new show with Jordan & Skinner At A Stretch opens at the Storytelling Centre in August 2017.

The Gilded Balloon is one of Scotland’s leading entertainment venues with the best of live entertainment. As one of the four largest venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Gilded Balloon is respected internationally for presenting a stunning annual showcase of theatre, comedy and cabaret.


The Gilded Balloon is notably renowned for producing its own in-house late night comedy line-up show, Late ‘N’ Live. Funny, outrageous and more than a bit sweary, Late ‘n’ Live is the last stand of proper , raw, live comedy – where anything can, and does happen because the audience are still very much in control. Nowadays, Late’n’Live takes place seven nights a week, 1am – 5am, during Fringe inside the Debating Hall of the Gilded Balloon in the Teviot building. Many a household name has cut their teeth on the Late’n’Live stage, from Dylan Moran to Rhona Cameron, Tommy Tiernan to Peter Kay, Bill Bailey to Tim Minchin and the infamous Russell Brand; the list of comedy pedigree is endless.


The Gilded Balloon is also well known for the ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ comedy competition which strives to discover new comic talent every year. It has now developed into the most influential competition of its kind in the UK, running for over 28 years. The pedigree of the competition is reflected in the list of past winners: Bruce Morton, Phil Kay, Rhona Cameron, Lee Mack, Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay. These individuals are all now established comedians, with successful careers.


More recently, Gilded Balloon has taken up residence at Drygate in Glasgow and The Studio Theatre in Edinburgh to host a monthly comedy night. Supporting and showcasing the best that UK comedy has to offer.


Karen Koren, Artistic and Managing Director, is the founder and continuing creative force behind the Gilded Balloon. Over the years, Karen has earned a deep respect throughout the comedy and entertainment industry both in the UK and abroad. The award winning track record at the Gilded Balloon is ample testament to her success in innovative programming and in her instinct for unleashing previously undeveloped potential.


The Gilded Balloon continues to push the boundaries of programming the best local and worldwide entertainment throughout the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.

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THE INHERITANCE Theatre @ Young Vic
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Amadeus Theatre @ National Theatre
Wednesday 11 Jan 2017 - Tuesday 24 April 2018
... and some 'Theatre' reviews
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Wah Wah Girls Theatre review
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WORDS: EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
Julius Caesar Shakespeare Theatre review
Julius Caesar Shakespeare
WORDS: Victoria Woode
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