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Nina Simone: Liberian Days
The fabulous Ruth Rogers-Wright is back to once again dazzle as Nina Simone in playwright Neil Cole’s latest production, Nina Simone: Liberian Days.
Legendary Nina Simone was the priestess of soul, singing a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in America throughout the 1950s and 1960s. She was a strong advocator for civil rights and is known for songs such as ‘Mississippi Goddamn’ and ‘Four Women’.
Cole’s new musical follows Nina’s three years in the African state of Liberia. Having witnessed the dream of equal rights collapse for African Americans in the US, Nina headed to Liberia in 1974.
Nina embraced Liberia in every respect – the men, the music, the sunsets and the beaches. She sang in coffee shops and bars, loving every minute of it and relishing being part of a society where she was surrounded by people of her own race.
This is the second time Rogers-Wright and Cole have worked together, after the critically acclaimed Nina Simone: Black Diva Power, which was given two seasons in Melbourne and played to sold-out crowds at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016. Rogers-Wright is joined by renowned pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, who has played throughout Australia and internationally with many leading jazz artists.
SEATING AND ACCESSIBILITY
Seating: Allocated Seating.
Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.
Please Note: To ensure the safety and integrity of the performance, if you choose to exit the theatre during the performance you will not be permitted to re-enter.
If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.