The story of legendary artist and activist Nina Simon, comes to The Lowry from Tuesday 30th January to Saturday 3rd February 2018 in the show; ‘Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone’.
Starring Josette Bushell-Mingo alongside a live band, 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, light by Matt Haskins, video by Dritëro Kasapi.
Originally performed at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool in 2016, Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone toured Sweden in 2017 before its London premiere at the Young Vic in July 2017.
Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE is a Swedish-based English theatre actress and director. Dritëro Kasapi is a theatre director based in Stockholm, Sweden.