Apphia Campbell dancing in a red shirt with her head thrown back.

Through The Mud

By: Apphia Campbell

Apphia Campbell with fist raised

By: Apphia Campbell

Directed by: Caitlin Skinner

Co-presented by Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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.

'Campbell is a formidable performer.'

by The List


by The Scotsman


  • Apphia Campbell

  • Tinashe Warikandwa

Creative Team

  • Caitlin Skinner


About The Show

There was an accessible performance on Saturday 24th October at 2.30pm.

The show was captioned. The best view of the captions is from the Grand Circle. The show was also audio-described with sets collected for free from the Lyceum shop in the foyer. There was a touch tour where audience members could enjoy a guided tour of the set prior to the performance.

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Tour History