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Theatre REVIEW: Through the Mud - ★★★★★

From the creator of the hit show Black Is The Color Of My Voice comes a story about the African-American experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?

Previously performed as a one person show under the title WOKE, this will be a larger scale reimagining of Campbell’s Scotsman Fringe First Award winning show.

A Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Stellar Quines co-production. Through the Mud is a reconceived version of Woke by Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough



Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - Run Ended


Lily-Rose (Age 17) - ★★★★★

"I really enjoyed Through the Mud. I thought it was was a really moving play. I particularly liked the use of the screen and how they incorporated clips and articles into the performance. I also enjoyed their use of song, I thought it really added to the play. I would definitely recommend seeing it."

Ailie (Age 14) - ★★★★★

"I would rate through the mud 5 stars. I loved the fact that the two actors had a lot of energy which made it feel more realistic. I also liked that it was basically a short musical as there was singing. The singing also told the story and emphasized what had just happened. Another reason I loved the play was the fact it was telling history. This made it more interesting as I knew US civil rights quite well so I understood and learnt more about it. This was one of the best things I have seen recently."

Mylo (Age 15) - ★★★★★

"A brilliant and captivating experience created by two incredible performers who allowed our immersion in an almost surreal yet sadly devastating history of a black right’s activist who was wrongly charged with murder whilst comparing her story to a teenager’s of the 21st century. By understanding these women’s struggles and perseverance a truly remarkable piece of art was created. That was the message… to persevere despite hardship and dejection, to fight oppression and to stand together as one united force in order to eradicate the unthinkable horrors of racism from our world. Peace, a word in which the true meaning can never be truly known because it is something that in the present day is impossible to experience but it is a word that represents something we must fight for. There is black and white but we are all human. Inspiring is a word in which I would use to describe this show… and I mean that. The incredible music created by two astounding singers was phenomenal and deeply helped keep the show moving with its topic that was certainly difficult but important to say the least. 5 stars for the performance and for the message delivered through it. Incredible."


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