Great new for Unity Theatre as Arts Council England announce the latest round of strategic touring awards... (see the full PR here).
Congrats @unitytheatre @jazz_north @arcstockton & @LeedsArtGallery on yr strategic touring funding! https://t.co/DicU00DA2u #culturematters pic.twitter.com/H0MW3s6YbW— ACE North (@ace_thenorth) July 12, 2017
Our award will help us tour our co-production with Sweden’s Riksteatern Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone in Spring 2018.
The announcement comes on the eve of the shows return to the UK, following a 30 date National tour of Sweden. Next week the company begins a two week, sold out, run at the Young Vic in London’s West End followed by 8 performances at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (5 – 13 August).
#NinaStory - a 'searing tribute restarts Simone's revolution' ★★★★ @guardian. See it at #TravFest17: https://t.co/FXZLP2B8l7 pic.twitter.com/Nn3MeyRj6O— traversetheatre (@traversetheatre) July 5, 2017
Details and tour dates for the 2018 run of performances will be announced shortly...including the shows return to Unity ....., but for now here is the show trailer
and here is Josette back in 2016 launching the show and singing her own version of Four Women
Or catch up with this feature length Observer article on Josette and Nina Simone here or all the 'buzz' from the Liverpool run . Here is Nina herself talking about her life on HardTalk
"racism is in the very fabric of society"
Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone is a searing and soulful theatre piece inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone. 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 Bushell-Mingo finds a parallel with the persisting inequality in today’s society, and questions how far we’ve really come.
Versions of some of Nina Simone’s best-loved songs combine with a clear provocation in this production directed by Dritëro Kasapi, with dramaturgy by Christina Anderson. Design and costume is by Rosa Maggiora, musical direction by Shapor Bastansiar, lighting by Matt Haskins, video by Dritëro Kasapi.
Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE is a Swedish-based English theatre actress and director. She was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2000 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the London production of The Lion King. In 2001, she founded a black-led arts festival called PUSH at the Young Vic. Her credits at the Young Vic include: Simply Heavenly (as a director, also West End) and The Iron Man. Her other directing credits include: Glo (The Volcano Theatre, Canada), When We Dead Awaken (The Vasterbottensteatean, Sweden, Unity Theatre, Liverpool), The Ghost Sonata (The People Show) and The Penelopiad (RSC). Her acting credits for theatre include: Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Vagina Monologues (New Ambassadors Theatre) and The Creation, Death & Knowledge In Everyman, Virtuoso, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC). For television, her credits include: Blood River. Her film credits include: Blood In Their Eyes.
Dritëro Kasapi is a theatre director based in Stockholm, Sweden. He was educated at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, Macedonia, where he originates from and where he started his career. Dritëro’s work has been performed internationally at many festivals including Wiener Festwochen, Bonn Biennale and Festival d’Avignon. He was an artistic leader of the CTC, a producing theatre and education centre in Skopje, Macedonia, from 1999-2005, Artistic Director of Gottsunda Dance and Theatre in Uppsala Sweden from 2005-2008 and is currently Deputy Artistic Director of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. His recent credits include: Hamlet, Enron, An Enemy of the People and Lampedusa.
Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo and directed by Dritëro Kasapi will play Young Vic (19-29 July), Traverse (5-13 August) and will tour the UK in 2018. Dramaturgy is by Christina Anderson, design and costume by Rosa Maggiora, musical direction by Shapor Bastansiar, lighting by Matt Haskins and video by Dritëro Kasapi.