This award-winning theatre performance follows two women’s fight for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther, Assata Shakur in the late seventies. The other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin (2014). This is when the Black Lives Matter movement became nationally recognised following the death of youngster Michael Brown in Ferguson.
"I wanted to make a piece that transcends race and focuses on the root of the problem: the system"
Set against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, the two women challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?
Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. (2017)
Apphia Campbell is the creator of the hit show Black is the Color of My Voice, which toured to sold-out audiences in Shanghai, New York, the UK and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“Campbell is the most powerful voice of Fringe
★★★★ The Scotsman
“Inspiring! A fast and exciting play that ended with most of the audience standing and applauding”.
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“Campbell is a formidable performer”
★★★★★ The List
Both Roles are brilliantly performed by Apphia herself.