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Review: 'A Taste of Honey' Stagey Reviews

★★★★ "(Nishla's) exquisite voice serves as a grounding motif for the piece; omnipresent throughout the performance, she is illuminated during scene transitions and brings the show to a gripping crescendo"

Review: 'A Taste of Honey' Manchester Theatres

★★★★ "Nishla Smith beguiles us with her hauntingly beautiful vocals throughout and has a natural holistic presence..."

Review: 'A Taste of Honey' Whats on Stage

★★★★ "Wistfulness and yearning hums through the air. Nishla Smith sings slow, melancholy verses of “Dirty Old Town” that drift across the stage like the smoke."

Review: 'A Taste of Honey' The Stage

★★★★ "The device of the singer observing, and sometimes duetting with the characters, most effectively in a stirring, closing rendition of Dirty Old Town, contributes to a woozily off-kilter atmosphere."

Winner – Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards

"We are pleased to offer vital and timely financial support to four artists through the Peter Whittingham legacy..."

Winner – Best Supporting Performer, UK Theatre Awards, The Stage

"Best supporting performance (in a musical or play) Nishla Smith, Kes, an Octagon Theatre and Theatre by the Lake co-production"

News: Serious announce Take Five cohort, London Jazz News

"Serious are proud to announce the participants for the seventeenth edition of their prestigious talent development scheme Take Five"

Review: 'Kes' The Guardian

★★★★ "All the while, Smith circles, the embodiment of the kestrel... She becomes only more ethereal as she sings dreamy renditions of The Girl from Ipanema and It Might as Well Be Spring. Her voice is exquisite, a symbol of unreachable beauty."

Review: 'Kes' Manchester Evening News

★★★★ "Nishla Smith's haunting, ethereal, voice is used sparsely. But the brevity and beauty of her singing interludes showers hope..."

Review: 'Kes' North West End

★★★★ "Suffusing the entirety of the show is the presence of Nishla Smith. Her lilting musicality lifts this piece to an ethereal level..."

Review: 'Kes' Circles & Stalls

★★★★ "The addition of Nishla Smith’s Singer is an inspired move. Her voice and presence often lift scenes into another dimension."

Review: 'Friends With Monsters' Jazzwise

★★★★ "From the title track’s metaphorical flights of fancy and the heart-melting delicacy of ‘Julian’, to the uplifting, instantly memorable ‘Up’, Smith’s meticulously observed songs compel the attention."

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