The buzz on Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone

 Arguably the most valuable and most definitive work the Unity has ever staged – giving a platform and a voice to a hugely political, fiercely independent, intensely visceral, inspirational and challenging piece of theatreMade Up Liverpool

Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone is back.  Currently playing to sold out audiences at London’s Young Vic, it heads to the Traverse at the beginning of August, ahead of a UK Tour in spring 2018.

Online buzz from the London run:-










Read The Observer article on Josette and the show here Nina Simone is my GPS

Josette Bushell Mingo talks to the Big Issue about Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone

Vicky Anderson talks to Josette for My Theatre Mates


The Guardian   ****

(Josette Bushell Mingo) is back in the UK and she’s angry – and it fuels this deeply personal and often searing show inspired by the singer and activist Nina Simone.

Read the full review here

Purple Revolver

‘Quite simply outstanding theatre ….a performance that will be difficult to rival anywhere and at any time, Nina: A Story About Me & Nina Simone oozes class from first to last’

Read the full review here

Afridiziak *****

“The National Touring Theatre of Sweden and Liverpool’s Unity Theatre may just have produced one of this decade’s most important pieces of Theatre.”

Read the full ***** review here

Made Up Liverpool

“Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone is important. It is theatre that really, truly matters…a very special show indeed”

Vicky Anderson – Made Up Liverpool – read the full review here

British Theatre Guide

Feel the grief, the fear, the anger, the frustration….

It’s a thrilling, sometimes spine-tingling experience… Strong emotions, profound and troubling questions, memorable music. Catch it while you can.

Read the full review here

Good News Liverpool

Josette Bushell-Mingo gives a searing performance .

Read the full review here

Shazney Spence blog

It hits you between the eyes, winds you and leaves you breathless. … Josette is extraordinary, exceptional in fact…..

If you do one thing this month, go and buy a ticket for this show. You need to hear this, you need to hang on to every word and every note that emanates from Josette Bushell-Mingo’s mouth. This is undoubtedly the best performance I have watched all year.

Read the full blog review here

Liverpool Sound and Vision

“This story is an earthquake waiting to strike”

Read Ian Hall’s the full review here

North West End

A must see…sublime vocals

Read the full review here – warning review contains plot spoliers

LS Radio (Nikie Azili))

If you’re looking for outstanding music, spectacular performance and self-reflection that’ll keep you up for days, then Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone is what you’re looking for.

Read the full review here


@richard_white1: Wow! If you can find a way to get a ticket for Nina @unitytheatre you must go. Astonishing.

@simone_peter_: @unitytheatre ‘Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone’. Best piece of theatre I’ve seen in a long time! Emotionally charged & vibrant.

@radiographerben: Superb performance! Well worth going to see this @unitytheatre if you get the chance. It’s on for 1 more week!…

@benjiiboy: Just back from a superb performance of #NinaStory @unitytheatre in #Liverpool. Thought-provoking & powerful theatre…

@CountessCatrina: @unitytheatre Nina is raw, sparkling, polished, razor sharp, joyful and sorrowful. Josette is stunning (band pretty goddamn cool too) #nina

@words_and_page: Loved #NinaStory tonight. Provoking and uplifting theatre.



@ArtsMing absolutely blown away by your performance tonight Josette @unitytheatre in Nina a story about me & Nina Simone #Outstanding


— Shazney Spence (@shazneyspence) October 18, 2016

@DorcasSeb: I got really emotional on my way home after watching #NinaStory at the @unitytheatre tonight. What a powerful piece. Wow!


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