She followed the blues and the blues followed her
Bessie Smith - the Empress of the Blues - had a voice as raw, vibrant and full of pain and sensuality as her extraordinary life. A big voice that trumpeted the real story of life in the South across America and beyond her own time.
Two women take the blues train out of town. Georgia is deaf, but the memory of Bessie's voice still changes the shape of her silence, lighting a trail to shuttered emotions and forgotten dreams. Cathy has tried to laugh away the truth which rings in Bessie's words. Riding the blues train into the night, they find themselves on the tracks of Bessie's life.
Suzanne Bonnar as Bessie sings her songs of triumph and despair to Elizabeth Quinn as Georgia. Jackie Kay's lyrical poetry and an original score by Claire van Kampen harmonise in a bewitching evocation of the Power of the Blues, full of live music and haunting imagery.