Chisholm for President!

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Chisholm for President!

12th April 2024

Leeds Studio presents CHISHOLM FOR PRESIDENT! *a new soul musical* by Zodwa Nyoni and Testament

An evening sharing of new songs from the brand-new soul and funk musical inspired by Shirley Chisholm – the first black woman to run for President!

Through live music and performance, you’ll hear about the true story of a black women’s struggle against the political machine and her ground-breaking bid to become President in 1972. 

Music and lyrics are written by acclaimed writer and composer Testament (Black Men Walking, Royal Court, Orpheus in the Record Shop Opera North/BBC TV) and book from award winning playwright Zodwa Nyoni (Darkest Part of The Night The Kiln, Boi Boi is Dead, Tiata Fahodzi).

Expect an uplifting night of 70s inspired music, with actors performing alongside a full live band including legendary musicians from the UK funk and soul scene with credits including Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Omar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Post-Modern Jukebox and Mark Ronson to name a few.